Hezbollah, which was instrumental in the withdrawal of Israeli troops from southern Lebanon last year, is also a political party with twelve members elected to parliament. The party controls a social network that runs schools, hospitals and charitable foundations in deprived areas of the country. ‘If some people think that American threats and blacklists are going to intimidate us, they are absolutely wrong.our priorities will remain unchanged and we shall continue to combat oppression and deprivation,’ Hezbollah’s deputy secretary- general Naim Qassem told local reporters on 8 November.