Israel has shut down civil aviation in the occupied Golan Heights today, and is deploying its Iron Dome defensive missiles to the northern border, as they await potential retaliation from Hezbollah for a weekend attack.
Over the weekend, Israel attacked and killed five Hezbollah members, along with an Iranian general. The UN today confirmed the Israeli violation of the 1974 ceasefire with Syria in the attack.
Though Israeli officials initially downplayed the chances of Hezbollah retaliating, former officials say it is a foregone conclusion, and that Hezbollah is virtually obliged to retaliate.
The risk of a new war with Hezbollah looms large, and could well be a chance for the Netanyahu government to gain some more voter support ahead of the March election, as the prime minister has often benefited politically from conflict, and his poll numbers haven’t been doing great recently.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Trump Wants High-Profile Meeting With Putin at G20 Summit - June 26th, 2017
- House Spending Bill Threatens to Suspend Nuclear Treaty With Russia - June 26th, 2017
- Bahrain Accuses Qatar of Seeking 'Military Escalation' - June 26th, 2017
- White House Appears to Be Planning Attack on Assad - June 26th, 2017
- Top Senator Blocks Gulf Arms Sales Over Qatar Crisis - June 26th, 2017