The discovery and targeting of four Hezbollah tunnels that crossed from southern Lebanon into northern Israel by the IDF has brought back the attention to the sensitive situation in the Levantine nation. Since 2006, following the brief war between Israel and Hezbollah, the area has experienced a condition of delicate peace. While the southern portion of the country has been able to reconstruct and has lived in relative tranquility, the threat of a new war has never completely vanished.
The upcoming parliamentary election in Lebanon – the first since 2009 – is unlikely to unsettle Hezbollah’s grip over its traditional constituencies. Yet, the polls will be a test for the "Party of God". This is mainly because this election comes at a moment of extreme regional uncertainty, and because of an ongoing reshuffling of the domestic balance of power that is putting traditional alliances under stress.