Neil Lazarus Explains
The Threat from the North
Hezbollah, Arabic Hizb Allah ( "Party of God" ), also spelled Hezbullah or Hizbullah, political party and militant group that first emerged during Lebanon's civil war as a militia after the Israeli invasion of that country in 1982." 5
"Throughout the 1980s Hezbollah engaged in increasingly sophisticated attacks against Israel and fought in Lebanon's civil war ( 1975 - 90 ), repeatedly coming to blows with Amal." 5
"Founded in 1982 in response to the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Hezbollah -- "Party of God" in Arabic -- based its ideology on the 1979 Iranian revolution and the teachings of Ayatollah Khomeini." 4
"Following the Islamic revolution in Shi'i - majority Iran in 1979 and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, a group of Lebanese Shi'i clerics formed Hezbollah with the goal of driving Israel from Lebanon and establishing an Islamic republic there.
Among them are the Islamic Maaref Cultural Association, the Imam al - Mahdi Institute, and the Imam Khomeini Cultural Center all of which promote the teachings of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini." 0
"Hezbollah's political thought is closely aligned with the concept of wilayat al - faqih, or the guardianship of the jurist, developed by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran.