ISIS Could Target Hizbullah in Lebanon

(Israel Defense) Amir Rapaport interviews Ram Ben-Barak - "It is quite possible that the next objective of the Islamic State organization will be the Shi'ite community in southern Lebanon, namely Hizbullah. They are already fighting against one another in Syria, and if ISIS wins over there, they will advance into Lebanon," says Ram Ben-Barak, Director General of the Israel Ministry for Intelligence Affairs and a candidate to be the next director of the Mossad. "Assad's military is practically shattered at this time, and it seems that Syria is advancing toward a situation of an Alawite-dominated area, an ISIS-dominated area, and an area dominated by other rebel groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra....We need to look forward and consider the possibility of ISIS moving on to their next objective, in southern Lebanon." "Hizbullah will be crippled without Syria, as it will be difficult for them to take delivery of the arms shipments from Iran, and that is important for us. But it is by no means certain that the alternative will be any better....The war in Syria will stabilize eventually, and then we will once again become the common enemy. We must prepare for that." "With regard to the Palestinian is no coincidence that the Palestinians have not launched a third Intifada to this day. They are looking around them, they see what is taking place in Egypt, what is taking place in Syria....Overall, despite all of the problems...their situation is relatively good and they should not worsen it by staging another uprising."

2015-09-04 00:00:00

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