“Hizballah is a tool, and it is an integral part of the Iranian intelligence apparatus”

“Hizballah is a tool, and it is an integral part of the Iranian intelligence apparatus”

So says the former Secretary General of Hizballah. “Former Hizbullah Sec-Gen: Hizbullah is an Integral Part of Iranian Intelligence; The Abduction of the Israeli Soldiers Was an ‘Unsuccessful Adventure,'” from MEMRI:

In an interview with the Kuwaiti daily Al-Siyassa, former Hizbullah secretary-general Sheikh Subhi Al-Tufeili said that Hizbullah was part of Iranian intelligence, and called the July 12, 2006 abduction of two Israeli soldiers, which sparked the July-August 2006 war with Israel, an “unsuccessful adventure.”The following are excerpts from the interview.(1)

Hizbullah is an Integral Part of the Iranian Intelligence Apparatus

Question: “You were formerly Hizbullah secretary-general. Is the [situation in Lebanon] within the strategic framework of Hizbullah? Does Hizbullah have an outlined and prepared plan that is being implemented today? Why do you think Hizbullah has become a source of anxiety for the Lebanese? ”

Al-Tufeili: “It wasn’t like this in the beginning. Hizbullah’s activity was limited to resistance [operations]… But, unfortunately, the problem has developed today to the point where they have succeeded in changing Hizbullah from a resistance force into a tool to be used in [whatever] direction they want.”

Question: “Does this mean that Hizbullah does not make its own decisions, and that its orders come from outside [Lebanon]?”

Al-Tufeili: “Yes, Hizbullah is a tool, and it is an integral part of the Iranian intelligence apparatus. Unfortunately, all the elements in the [Lebanese] arena have become tools, and take orders from outside [Lebanon]…”

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