Hezbollah and the Syrian military continue to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group. The problem is, both of these forces are working every bit as hard to destroy Israel as ISIS is. In a no-win situation such as this, The Jerusalem Post's Anna Ahronheim asks, what is the Jewish state to do?
Dr. Shaul Shay, a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and former deputy head of the National Security Council, wrote on Wednesday that the “new alliance” between Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces will have repercussions for Israel, especially in terms of its campaign to prevent the transfer of advanced weaponry by Iran to the group in Lebanon.
Writing in the Israel Hayom daily, Shay said that “the takeover of the Syria-Lebanon border by the Syrian Army and Hezbollah constitutes another step in Iran’s plan to create territorial continuity from Iran to Lebanon and presents a strategic threat to Israel.”
Hezbollah is one of the most prominent terrorist organizations in the world, and while it has become bogged down fighting in Syria for President Bashar Assad, it has thereby gained tremendous fighting experience, as well as advanced weaponry...
Lebanese President Michel Aoun defended Hezbollah’s arsenal in an interview to an Egyptian TV channel, calling it “an essential component” of the means to defend Lebanon.
“Hezbollah weapons are not contradictory to the state but are an essential part in defending the country,” Aoun told the Egyptian CBC satellite channel. “As long as a part of the territory is occupied by Israel, and as long as the army is not powerful enough to fight Israel, we feel the need to maintain the weapons of the resistance to complement the army.”
Kedar told the Post: “The IDF has for years warned that everything that makes its way to the Lebanese Army will make its way to Hezbollah and Iran, but some countries like France and the US chose not to listen...”