Battle Lines: Lebanon and Israel Face Off – Raddington Report

Tensions between the two foes have skyrocketed partially as a result of the actions of the new Trump administration in the Middle East. The US has targeted pro-Assad forces four times in recent weeks, including striking Hezbollah assets inside Syria. Any conflict in Syria between the Americans and the Shi’a coalition assembled to defend the Damascus regime would likely spread swiftly to Lebanon and draw in Israel. The Israeli government also now has a sympathetic ear in Washington to listen to Israeli fears about Iran and its proxies. Trump has shown himself to be extremely hostile to the Tehran regime and clearly favours Iran’s Sunni Arab rivals, who share a common enemy with Israel for now. Hezbollah claims to have shifted some of its fighters back to Lebanon as a contingency against an Israeli attack against it this summer. In another ominous sign, skirmishing over the strategic Golan Heights has also increased between Israel and Hezbollah’s Syrian allies, signally that Damascus may be feeling more confident about retaliating against Israeli air attacks on its territory now that it has finally gained the upper-hand in Syria’s long civil war. Israel may calculate that it only has a limited window remaining to it to use before Hezbollah returns its full strength back to the Lebanese south.

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Battle Lines: Lebanon and Israel Face Off – Raddington Report