Will the Iran Nuclear Deal Mean War between Israel and Hizbullah?

(Huffington Post) Jonathan Schanzer - Hizbullah is Iran's most prized non-state proxy. With Iranian weapons, cash, and training, the group has dedicated itself to war with Israel since the early 1980s. Today, Hizbullah is pointing 100,000 rockets at Israel, furnished almost entirely by Iran. Many launchers are strategically placed in high-density population areas in Lebanon to ensure that Israeli reprisals will be met with charges of war crimes. Hizbullah views the nuclear deal as a sign that its patron Iran is a burgeoning regional power, and that the military advantage is shifting away from Israel in the Middle East. It may not take long before the first provocation on the border. Washington openly acknowledges the possibility of a conflagration between the two, and the White House is now openly touting the fact that it wishes to help arm the Israelis to handle Iran-sponsored regional aggression of this sort. The writer is Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2015-08-25 00:00:00

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