With Lebanon's parliamentary elections coming up on Sunday, and with a possibility that Hezbollah will make gains on the nation's Sunni-led, Western-backed majority that came to power in 2005, Tel-Aviv based columnist Samuel Rosner says President Obama's speech should be judged, in part, by the effect it has on those elections, and whether it can diminish the political strength of Iran-allied Hezbollah.

As Hezbollah-run TV station Al Manar reports mixed international reactions--as have other news agencies--one Hezbollah MP strongly criticized Obama's speech. From Haaretz:

"The Islamic world does not need moral or political sermons. It needs a fundamental change in American policy," said Lebanon MP Hassan Fadlallah of Hezbollah, referring to United States President Barack Obama's speech to the Muslim world.

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