In a report published on Al-Alarabiya, Hanin Ghaddar, a visiting fellow at The Washington Institute’s Geduld Program on Arab Politics, stated that there are two main reasons behind Hezbollah‘s attacks on the Lebanese Army Forces (LAF).
“Hezbollah has always tried to influence LAF security and military decisions, but Joseph Aoun has started to slowly distance himself from the Lebanese President Michel Aoun, and other militia allies,” she noted in her report.
This brings to the second reason behind Hezbollah‘s campaign against the army commander, and it revolves around the presidential seat.
General Joseph Aoun could potentially reinstate the independence of the state institutions that are currently collapsing under security challenges.
“Hezbollah is testing the army and, as a new US administration enters the fray, Joseph Aoun may draw a red line,” she noted in regards to the options General Aoun has to whether respond to Hezbollah‘s public campaign or continue to “lay low.”