Hezbollah reportedly on track to extend political gains in Lebanon

Lebanon’s first national election in nine years could result in a stronger Hezbollah, preliminary results show, following an election marred by low voter turnout amid frustration over the country’s endemic corruption problems.

seen as a terrorist group by the U.S. and an enemy of neighboring Israel, would likely embolden the political standing of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group at a time of heightened regional uncertainty.

Israel has already reacted to the prospect of a stronger political position for Hezbollah with Naftali Bennett, education minister of Israel’s conservative coalition government, tweeting on Monday that “Hezbollah = Lebanon.”

“The State of Israel will not differentiate between the sovereign State of Lebanon and Hezbollah, and will view Lebanon as responsible for any action from within its territory,” he added.

Low voter turnout