Qatar and Hezbollah, an interlocking relationship that supports the militia’s grip on Lebanon

Al Ain
Since 2006, the relationship between the Lebanese Hezbollah and Qatar has taken a political-financial dimension to the point that it has overtaken the relationship between the party and Iran, especially with regard to financing.

Although the size of the funding or weapons that Doha provides to the party is difficult to estimate, experts and analysts emphasized that Qatari support "plays a fundamental role in Hezbollah's steadfastness, especially after the decline in support for Tehran, which in turn suffers from a severe financial crisis."

As more information emerged about this support, the latest of which was the disclosure of a Qatari arms deal to Hezbollah, Lebanese political analyst Ali Al-Amin told Al-Ain Al-Akhbariya, “There is no doubt that Qatar’s provision of arms and money to Hezbollah is large, but there are no specific numbers on its size. ".

He added, "Rather, it can be said that at a certain stage, Hezbollah has reached a point in which it provided aid to Iran with Qatari money."

Both Al-Amin and Lebanese political analyst Luqman Salim agree that “the relationship between Hezbollah and Qatar started mainly in 2006 after the Israeli war on Lebanon when the Emir of Qatar, the Secretary-General of Hezbollah, visited in an unannounced way, and then Doha adopted reconstruction, especially in the subject areas. Because of Hezbollah’s influence in the south and its religious centers. "

He added, "Since then, large numbers of those close to Hezbollah began to go to Qatar within the framework of mutual benefits."

Salim told Al-Ain Al-Akhbariya: "At the time, Qatar intended to grant aid directly to Hezbollah and not to the Lebanese state, in a clear reference to a state’s relationship with what is supposed to be a local organization."

While Salim stresses the unlimited aid of arms and money to Hezbollah, Al-Amin describes the relationship between Qatar and Hezbollah as "primarily the financial relationship."

He pointed out that "this relationship began to consolidate more and more politically through what was known as the Doha Agreement after the events in Beirut in 2008, in which Hezbollah brought its weapons to the streets," and at that time the "Doha Agreement" was concluded, which established political norms that gradually led Hezbollah to seize power in Lebanon.

Since the Doha agreement, Hezbollah and its allies have been keen to obtain what is known as a "blocking third" in the government in order to control any decisions that may be taken in the Council of Ministers.

With the imposition of US sanctions on Hezbollah and global restrictions on it, Salim points out that Qatar played the role of "savior" for this militia through disguised commercial operations through certain parties to deliver money to Hezbollah or by sending money in cash to it.

For his part, Al-Amin pointed out that "Qatar's support for Hezbollah is part of its adoption of a plan to support political Islam, in addition to that it is trying to play a lost role for it in the region and internationally through the rapprochement between the contradictors, such as Hezbollah and Israel, for example, so that at a certain stage Tehran may be itself. I benefited financially from Hezbollah. "

The causes of the Beirut explosion that occurred, last Tuesday, which are due to the presence of large quantities of "ammonium nitrate", a substance that had previously been announced found in the homes of Hezbollah leaders in Kuwait and Germany, revealed the possibility that Hezbollah might have a relationship with it.

Al-Amin says: "He may not have a direct relationship with it, but there is no doubt that he knew about it and kept silent about its survival all these years, and he is the one who controls a large part of the port and knows every little thing in it, and therefore he may have benefited from this substance whose quantity was estimated at 2750." Tons. "

The American "Fox News" website revealed that "Qatar is a major funder of Hezbollah, citing the former agent of a number of Western intelligence services, Jason G., that a member of the ruling family in Qatar authorized the donation of weapons to Hezbollah, which the United States classifies as a terrorist organization."

Jason has a document file proving Qatar's funding of Hezbollah, which he obtained during his work in Doha as a secret agent for an intelligence agency, and the file includes information about an arms deal that a Qatari company bought from Eastern Europe for Hezbollah.

And last month, the German newspaper "Die Zeit" revealed the existence of documents proving that Qatar funds Hezbollah.

She indicated that she had obtained evidence confirming that "wealthy Qataris and Lebanese living in Doha send money to the party in Beirut, with the knowledge and support of Qatari officials and through a Qatari charitable organization."

At the same time, she pointed to information about an arms deal from Eastern Europe to Hezbollah, which was being handled by a Qatari company



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