Palestinians protest in Ain al-Hilweh, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Despite Sunday's clashes between protesters and security forces near the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon, analysts say the recent U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will not have an overwhelmingly negative effect on Lebanon's security situation.Compounding this concern is Lebanon's history as a base for conflict with Israel and the fact Palestinian armed groups used the country as a launch pad for action against Israel in the years before the Civil War. Salloukh said the party would "use this cause to assert itself as a true Islamist party".However, he said that it was far-fetched to think that Hezbollah would use this as the basis for another war with Israel by launching rockets toward occupied Palestine. Thus the chances for massive upheaval arising from within Lebanon are slim, he said.However, some diplomats are reportedly keeping a close eye on Hamas in Lebanon to see if officials from Qatar will relocate to Lebanon. A high-ranking Hamas official in Lebanon denied reports that any of the group's military leaders have come, or are coming, to Lebanon.
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