Chapter 18: "People, army, resistance": the end of Hizbullah's legacy
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The escalating social and political discontent in Lebanon since 2015, manifest in calls to rid the country of the deeply sectarian political elites, has brought into question whether Hizbullah is in a state of decline. Within the context of what is described as Lebanon's worst economic crisis in 150 years, Hizbullah's constituent support is being tested as never before. This chapter explores the extent to which Hizbullah's military involvement in regional tensions and the ongoing social and political challenges being experienced in Lebanon (including the lack of a national plan to save the economy) are forcing changes to Hizbullah's legitimate support from within. Of particular interest in this exploration is whether Hizbullah's slogan of "people, army, resistance," which for years has legitimized its resistance operations both in Lebanon and in regional conflicts, is no longer viable and hence may signal the end of the party's legacy.

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