Hezbollah and Israel: The Open War and Its Consequences
Robert G. Rabil
Lifelong Learning Society Distinguished Professor of Current Affairs, 2012-2013
Recipient of the LLS 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award
EVENT DESCRIPTION: In February, 2013, following months of investigation, the Bulgarian government accused the "militant wing of Hezbollah of bombing a bus filled with Israeli tourists in the Black Sea city of Burgas." Five Israeli tourists, the driver, and the bomber were killed in the July 2012 blast. This terror attack on European soil reignited a longstanding debate over whether to designate the militant wing of Hezbollah or the Islamist party as a terrorist organization. This has only masked the raging covert Hezbollah-Israeli warfare, which has potentially threatened many innocent lives. This terror attack took place in the wake of a series of foiled attacks on Israeli citizens and interests in India, Thailand, Azerbaijan and other areas. Conversely, Hezbollah and its Iranian patron have sustained a series of assassinations and bombings targeting important scientists, militants and military installations. What are the consequences of this raging warfare that Secretary General of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah called, "the open war?" Will it lead to another destructive war in Lebanon or other deadly attacks on Israeli interests and Jews similar to those that took place in Argentina in the 1990s? The lecture traces and surveys the ideological and operational conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. It offers a rare and insightful look into Hezbollah's political and Jihadi structure, as well as into Hezbollah's probable defensive and offensive preparations of Jihadi operations against Israel both locally and internationally. It also examines Israel's preparations and response to foil and subdue Hezbollah's menace and threat.
Dr. Robert G. Rabil holds a Masters in Government from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. He served as Chief of Emergency for the Red Cross in Lebanon , and was Project Manager of the U.S. State Department-funded Iraq Research and Documentation Project. He has written extensively on Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Israel, U.S.-Arab Relations, reform in the Arab world, radical Islam and terrorism. Dr. Rabil is a frequent speaker at major university campuses throughout the country. He lectures and participates in forums and seminars sponsored by the U.S. government, including the U.S. Army and the National Intelligence Council. He is currently an Associate Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) and was recently conferred with an honorary Ph.D. in humanities from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
||10:00 am - 11:45 am
||Thursday, December 19, 2013
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
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