Thursday, May 13, 2010

Israel-Lebanon Border Is Heating Up

As Hezbollah grows in strength, concern over a possible confrontation in the north is becoming an international issue.


After several welcome weeks of calm, chatter about the northern border and the eastern front has resumed.

A synopsis of the declarations of the past 48 hours: The prime minister accused Iran of trying to provoke war between Syria and Israel; the minister for strategic affairs reiterated that a military option exists against Iran's nuclear program; Iran's parliamentary speaker threatened a "final and decisive war" against Israel; Lebanon's prime minister expressed support for Hezbollah's right to have Scud missiles in its arsenal; Syria's president warned of "the demise of the peace process"; and Russia's president, visiting Damascus, said he fears a catastrophe in the region.

A conflagration in the north sometime in the near future could result from one of three developments: escalation between Israel and Iran over the latter's nuclear program; Hezbollah's efforts to exact revenge for the 2008 killing of senior operative Imad Mughniyeh; or an Israeli attack on an arms convoy from Syria to Hezbollah.

1 comment:

  1. AnonymousMay 13, 2010

    Ezekiel 38,39 coming in to play? Looks like the stage is being set.


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