Top Israeli defense officials told The Jerusalem Post this week that Iran is consolidating its grip on the Lebanese terrorist militia and political party Hizballah.
According to the report, Hizballah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah no longer exercises complete control over the group's military wing, and must seek permission from Tehran for any major armed operations.
The changes were implemented because of Iran's discontent over Hizballah's cross border raid in 2006 that led to the Second Lebanon War. While Hizballah has more than recovered from its brawl with the Israeli army, the conflict put unwelcome pressure on Iran as it works to hold off the international community over its defiant nuclear program.
With Hizballah presently exercising veto power over major decisions in the power-sharing Lebanese government, this latest revelation bolsters the notion that Lebanon is today a satellite state of Iran.