(April 22, 2019 / JNS) Both the U.S. State and Treasury Department announced on Monday it is offering up to $10 million for information that disrupts Hezbollah’s finances.
The U.S. State Department said the rewards can be provided for those who expose “a source of revenue for Hezbollah or its key financial facilitation mechanisms,” “major Hezbollah donors or financial facilitators,” “financial institutions or exchange houses facilitating Hezbollah transactions,” “businesses or investments owned or controlled by Hezbollah or its financiers,” “front companies engaged in international procurement of dual-use technology on behalf of Hezbollah,” and “criminal schemes involving Hezbollah members and supporters which financially benefit the organization.”
The State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which started in 1984, has given more than $150 million to more than 100 people for providing information about terrorists and that thwarted potential terrorist attacks.
Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy in Syria that also has a sizable influence in Lebanon, has been a U.S.-designated terrorist group since 1997. Entrenched to the north of Israel and with operatives elsewhere, it remains a significant threat to the Jewish state.
A Politico bombshell in December 2017 exposed the network of money-laundering and other crimes done by Hezbollah for which the Obama administration let pass in order to reach the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.