Hezbollah leadership split amid fears of fresh IDF attack
Fearing repeat of mistakes made in 2006, top militants slam civilian leaders, Lebanon media report.
The commanders of Hezbollah's military wing have leveled blistering criticism at the Shi'ite militant organization's civilian leadership, amid fears of Israel launching a fresh offensive in Lebanon, Lebanese news outlets have reported.
During a conference the group held in recent weeks, a number of bitter disputes broke out over a series of different subjects, ranging from the causes of the Second Lebanon War to more contemporary issues, according to the Lebanese Web site Lebanon Now.
The military wing's commanders accused the group's civilian leaders of not distributing the necessary aid to thousands of refugees displaced during the 2006 conflict between Hezbollah and Israel, Lebanon Now reported.
The criticism reportedly stemmed from a desire in the military wing to avoid such a situation in the event of a new war with Israel.
It was hinted that part of the group's leadership is corrupt, and uses the notion of opposition to Israel to hide its corruption.
According to reports, the commanders requested that officials in the Iran-backed group launch a comprehensive internal investigation, amid fears that a number of areas under Hezbollah's control in southern Lebanon are riven with administrative disorder.
Following the meetings, Hezbollah announced that the group's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, would hold a press conference on Monday, in which he will unveil the organization's new political platform.
Nasrallah is expected to touch upon the militant group's participation in the Lebanese government and state institutions, and possibly the contentious issue of the group's right to arms, Lebanese media reported.
The announcement came after calls in Lebanon for the disarmament of Hezbollah following the Second Lebanon War, which Israel launched in response to a cross-border raid by Hezbollah guerillas in which two Israeli soldiers were kidnapped.