Hezbollah marks first anniversary of the killing of Iran’s Qassem Soleimani near the border with Israel Jan. 3, 2021. (Reuters)

June 30, 2021

US lawmakers are set to introduce a bipartisan bill in Congress in a renewed effort to blunt Hezbollah’s in fluence in Lebanon, Jewish Insider reported Tuesday.

Teps. Elaine Luria (D-VA) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) will introduce the bill which is aimed(link is external) “To support the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, reduce Hezbollah’s influence in Lebanon, address security threats to Lebanon, and for other purposes.”

The legislation will push the State Department to exert pressure to enforce the Security Council resolution and mandating a report by the Secretary of State on Hezbollah’s influence over Lebanon’s government and efforts to empower the Lebanese Armed Forces.

Hezbollah has expanded its influence over the Lebanese state in the past fifteen years and is an armed state within a state. Some blame Hezbollah for government disfunction that has led to one of the world’s most serious financial crisis in the country since 2019.

“It’s important to show that there’s bipartisan support in the Congress for helping protect Israel as our strongest ally in the Middle East,” Luria told Jewish Insider. “Obviously there’s been a lot of churn around that lately. And I think this is just another way to reiterate that support for Israel remains strong.”

Zeldin said, “Like Hamas, Hezbollah is an Iranian proxy that is an imminent and constant threat to our greatest ally in the region, Israel. The United States cannot sit idly by as Hezbollah continues to exert influence within the Lebanese Armed Forces and amass military resources as it seeks to destroy Israel.”

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