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Eyal Zisser

Hizballah, the Party of God, burst onto the Lebanese scene in a whirlwind of violence at the end of 1983. A string of grievous attacks against Israeli and western targets in Lebanon left hundreds dead and wounded, leading to the end of American and French involvement and Israel's withdrawal from most of Lebanon soon after. These terrorist strikes mark the start of a new phase in the politics of Lebanon's Shi'i community and, indeed, for the country as a whole.