Ten years after Israel pulled out, south Lebanon is solidly controlled by Hizbullah which is even organizing "jihadist tours" along the border.
About 500 young men and woman, both Christian and Muslim, took part in the latest such field trip. "We want to familiarize young people with the achievements of the resistance," said Mohammed Taleb, 23, a Hizbullah militant.
The field trip included a workshop on how to handle weapons, close contact with Hizbullah fighters and a reenactment of battles.
The highlight of the trip was a visit to a key fighting position near the Iqlim al-Touffah region. After a steep climb, the group was met by two rows of Hizbullah fighters with blackened faces and armed with machine guns.
In the background blared a speech by Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah boasting that his party had more than 20,000 rockets ready for the next battle with Israel. A French student couldn't get over the show. "This is surreal, it's like Disneyland," he said.
The New Lebanon Battlefield -Alex Fishman
Hizbullah is growing stronger every day, in terms of the number of fighters, quantity of missiles, and capabilities. The M-600 missiles supplied by Syria to Hizbullah are not just another item in its arsenal. It is a much more accurate and effective weapon, with the ability to hit IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv in the next war should it wish to do so.
In 2006, it did not possess this ability.
Getting Ready for Hizbullah -Alex Fishman
The Scud missiles which Hizbullah reportedly received from Syria are meant for a specific objective. Its war will focus on firing rockets and missiles deep into Israel.
Hizbullah (as well as Hamas) is rapidly digging fortifications underground - bunkers, headquarters, control centers, and passageways between them.