If Joe Biden occupies the White House, he is unlikely to take a different approach towards Hezbollah, thinks a Beirut-based expert, primarily because the Democrats, just like the Republicans, see the organisation as a terror group that should always be kept on a short leash.
In Lebanon, just like in many other countries in the region, the race for the White House has stirred interest, curiosity, and mainly concern, and Makram Rabah, a lecturer at the department of history at the American University of Beirut, says the US elections have also split the Lebanese public.
“Those, who oppose Hezbollah [a Shiite militia linked to Iran and currently a part of the Lebanese government – ed.] and the Iranian axis wanted [Donald] Trump to win. At the same time, the majority of the Lebanese [people] perceived him as a weird, aggressive, and uncouth president, so his defeat didn’t upset many”.
It certainly didn’t upset the chief of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah, who rejoiced at Trump’s “humiliating defeat”, adding it came as punishment for his “blatant crime against Martyr Qasem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi Al Mohandas”, top Iranian and Iraqi commanders, who were assassinated by a targeted US strike in January.
For him, Trump’s departure also means a potential lifting of American sanctions, which have been suffocating an already ailing Lebanese economy.
Sanctions Won’t Be Lifted
But Rabah says that even if Biden does end up taking office, he is unlikely to change Washington’s policy towards…