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Hezbollah - or the Party of God - is a powerful political and military organization in Lebanon made up mainly of Shia Muslims. It emerged with financial backing from Iran in the early 1980s and began a struggle to drive Israeli troops from Lebanon. Hostility to Israel has remained the party's defining platform since May 2000, when the last Israeli troops left Lebanon due in large part to the success of Hezbollah's military arm, the Islamic Resistance. Hezbollah's popularity peaked in the 2000s, but took a massive dent among pro-Western Lebanese people when it was at the center of a huge, destructive war with Israel following the capture of two Israeli soldiers in 2006. Hezbollah is the strongest member of Lebanon's pro-Syrian opposition bloc which has been pitted against the pro-Western government led by Saad Hariri. It has several seats in parliament and has ministers in a national unity government formed in late 2009. It also blocked the election of a new president by repeatedly boycotting sessions of parliament. The stalemate ended on 21 May 2008, when the group reached a deal with the government under which its power of veto was recognized.
Washington has long branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization and has accused it of destabilizing Lebanon in the wake of Syria's withdrawal of its troops from the country following the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The movement long operated with neighboring Syria's blessing, protecting its interests in Lebanon and serving as a card for Damascus to play in its own confrontation with Israel over the occupation of the Golan Heights. Hezbollah leaders have continued to profess its support for Syria, while stressing Lebanese unity by arguing against "Western interference" in the country. As well as a political clout, Hezbollah has wide popular appeal by providing social services and health care. It also has an influential TV station, al-Manar. Hezbollah's biggest test came in mid-2006, when its fighters captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack, killing a number of others. The incident triggered a fierce month-long war with Israel, which ended in a ceasefire. Having survived a massive military onslaught, Hezbollah declared victory, enhancing its reputation among many in the Arab world.
by Dancing with Fire January 30, 2011
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a group of angry men who sneaked in 12,000 missiles into lebanon under their funny hats and are now lobbing them into northern israel.
thanks to hezbollah, world war 3 is underway.
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a legal resistance group to stop further israeli agression into muslim/christian lands. They are against suicide bombings, and condemned the 9/11 attack. Their goal is to eliminate the Zionist state of Israel which is the cause of oppression in the middle east.

They have the support of most shia muslims, a lot of sunni and about half of Christian Lebanese.

People also claim that Hezbollah brought destruction to Lebanon by inciting Israel. The kidnapped soldier was used to free muslim prisoners in Israel. Hezbollah has 1 Israeli soldier while Israel has thousands of Palestinians held prisoner.

Israel did not achieve its objectives in the 2006 Hezbollah-Israel War, therefore making them the losers in the war.

Also seen by many muslims as the only thing stopping Israel from taking more land.

Lots of propaganda is also made against them, mostly by violent Zionists out to kill innocent people

The West: Hezbollah is a terrorist organization.

Answer: Hezbollah fights to stop Israeli agression and one day remove the Zionist State of Israel in Palestine and to return the over 5 million Palestinians refugees their land in Occupied Palestine. They do not use suicide bombings, and condemn the killing of innocent people.
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From Arabic; Hezbollah = Party of Allah
A political party in Lebanon, that also has a military wing. They help build schools and hospitals for Muslim civilians desplaced in the Israeli war. The military wing has a large presence along the border with Isreal to protect Lebanon from Israeli aggression.
Mother, I want to support my country, I am going to join Hezbollah.
by Ali Al-Al Aqsa May 19, 2006
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