This is the first English translation of the statements of the leader of Lebanon's "Party of God", in a comprehensive edition. In July 2006, with the commencement of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah, Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah, the longstanding Secretary General of the "Party of God," burst into the spotlight of the Western media. Yet, well before the start of the war, Nasrallah had acquired an unrivalled credibility in the Arab world among admirers and detractors alike, a profile that soared in May 2000 when he became the first leader to push Israel out of Arab land. For the first time, "Voice of Hezbollah" brings to an English-speaking readership Nasrallah's speeches and interviews: the intricate, deeply populist arguments and promises that he has made from the mid-1980s to the present day. Newly translated from the Arabic, and with an introduction by one of the foremost writers on Lebanon, "Voice of Hezbollah" is a crucial contribution to the understanding of the man and the movement.
Nicholas Noe is founder and editor-in-chief of the Beirut-based news translation service mideastwire.com. He was previously a news editor on the Lebanon Daily StarlHerald Tribune, and has written for numerous regional and international publications. Nicholas Blanford is Beirut correspondent for The Times, the Christian Science Monitor and the Lebanon Daily Star. He is the author of Killing Mr Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and its impact on the Middle East. Ellen Khouri is a consultant on human rights and democracy, and managing director of the Lebanese publisher Al Kutba. She has worked as a translator and editor for over 25 years.