Al-Arabia – Hezbollah on Tuesday denied Farda News’ report quoting the party’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah as saying that the guardianship of the Islamic jurist (Vilayat-e Faqih) is above the Lebanese constitution and it’s mandatory to implement its orders.
Farda News Agency, which is close to the fundamentalist movement that supports Iran’s Supreme Guide Ali Khamenei, apologized for the report and blamed its correspondent for the “mistake.”
Despite denying the report, many Lebanese people shared old videos of Nasrallah in which he’s hoping that Lebanon becomes part of the “Greater Islamic Republic.”
Nasrallah has repeatedly said that his party is willing to make sacrifices for the sake of the guardianship of the Islamic jurist and confirmed that Hezbollah is an extension of Iran’s project.
He had also acknowledged that the party’s money and weapons come from Iran.
In January, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies said Hezbollah receives between $700 million and $800 million from Iran each year.
Iran used to at least provide $100 million since the 1990’s but the amount increased to $200 million in the early 2000’s.
Due to high oil prices, Iran provided “more than $1 billion in direct aid” in total between 2006 and 2009, the report also said, adding that Iran decreased support by 40% in 2010 because of financial problems due to decline in oil prices and international sanctions