Once ISIS Is Gone, Hezbollah Will Work to Take Its Place

Embed from Getty Images

This week, we’ve told you of American efforts to slow the spread of Hezbollah, the Lebanese terrorist group and one of Israel’s nearest and most threatening foes. Now, writing at Ynet News, Dr. Yaron Friedman provides a detailed analysis, explaining that once ISIS has been cleared of the Middle East, Hezbollah will only grow stronger, becoming the region’s leading terror group and an even greater problem for Israel:

Several weeks ago, it seemed as if the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Al-Aqsa Mosque were back in the headlines. But as soon as the metal detectors and cameras were removed, the Palestinian issue was pushed back to the margins of the news in the Arab world’s leading channels.

The Arab states have no time to deal with the Palestinian issue, as they are up to their necks in the wars taking place on their territories or near their borders. Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen have all been in a state of war for several years now. What’s happening in these countries right now? Who will be the leading terror organization in the region after the Islamic State (ISIS) is eliminated? And are these wars related to Israel…

As far as Israel is concerned, the developments in the wars on terror are positive, apart from the development that has to do with Hezbollah. The organization is receiving regional legitimization from Syria, Iran and Russia, as well as local intra-Lebanese legitimization from different ethnic groups, due to the fact that Hezbollah is successfully fighting Sunni terror organizations that are threatening to invade Lebanon.

The price of Hezbollah’s assistance against the jihadists is high. The organization has permanent bases in Lebanon and Syria. The Houthis in Yemen, whose slogan is “Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews,” are highly inspired by Hezbollah and have even promised to help the organization in the future in its war on Israel.

After the war on jihadist terror is over and the Islamic State is destroyed, Hezbollah—which has tens of thousands of fighters, modern weapons, thousands of missiles and an improved brainwashing and propaganda system—will become a region-wide problem as big as ISIS. Unlike the Islamic State, this will mainly be a close and imminent problem for Israel.

Tags: Hezbollah ISIS

More From Stand For Israel

Boxers Jimmy Welsh and Benny Leonard

Stand For Israel

The Jewish Boxers Who Helped FBI Fight the Nazis

An upcoming novel tells the true story of how the FBI recruited Jewish boxers in America to fight the Nazi scourge during World War II.

IAF F-35

Stand For Israel

Israel’s First Female F-35 Pilot

The Israeli Air Force now has a female fighter pilot to guide the American-made next generation F-35 stealth fighter jet.

Yemenite Jewish man in Jerusalem blows shofar, Rosh Hashanah 1959

Stand For Israel

Photo Friday: A Day for You to Sound the Trumpets

The Jewish people prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which the Bible calls "a day for you to sound the trumpets."

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay informed about issues affecting Israel, the Jewish people, Jewish-Christian relations, receive daily devotionals, and more.