Israeli officials have reportedly warned Syrian dictator Bashar Assad that if he uses the downfall of his regime as an excuse to launch missiles at Tel Aviv, Israel will respond with a massive assault against Syria, Lebanon and Gaza.
Unnamed Israeli government sources told News First Class that the threat was relayed to Assad via European intelligence agencies.
israel today | Israel ready to strike Syria, Lebanon, Gaza – israel today
When have you heard this kind of talk before from Israel and Syria? When have things looked so dismal?
I’m guessing that Iran is not ready for war, so Syria will not launch a missile attack against Israel soon. We might have to wait until next spring or summer.
After five months of political stagnation, Lebanon has a new government headed by Najib Mikati, ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hizballah. Formed suddenly on June 13, the 30-minister lineup has awarded an unprecedented number of portfolios – 18, including defense interior – to Hizballah loyalists and pro-Syrian politicians. Gone is the careful sectarian balancing act which maintained a measure of equilibrium and kept civil war in Lebanon at bay.
The breakthrough was directly spawned by the Syrian uprising: …
Lebanon has a radical new government. It gives Assad his second front
Hezbollah, allies positioning to win election
A Hezbollah win would almost certainly mean changes that would dismay the West and Israel. It would mean less pressure from Lebanon’s government to rein in Hezbollah’s arsenal of rockets pointed at the Jewish state – weapons employed in the 2006 war with Israel – and more backing for efforts to change Lebanon’s electoral system to solidify Shi’ite power further.
Whether Lebanon veered close to “civil war” this month—a question broached by many newspapers—seems purely academic at this point, and perhaps irrelevant. Beirut settled into a tenuous calm after Lebanon’s cabinet conceded (CNN) the immediate demands of Hezbollah, but the upheaval resolved none of the many issues destabilizing the country. Lebanon’s paralyzed government, Beirut’s inability to reform its electoral system, and Hezbollah’s broad influence continue to loom as threats to regional stability.