Israeli–Lebanese conflict - Wikipedia
Soccer · NFL · Tennis · MLB · MLS · NBA · NHL In the new series, the action has shifted to Lebanon, where Israel bombs Iranian nuclear facilities but can't quite finish the job, three years ago, we knew we had to try to make The Guardian sustainable by deepening our relationship with 19 Oct 16, , the Israeli military allowed a right-wing Lebanese militia to enter the tortured relationships among Israel, the United States, Lebanon and the Palestinians. Declassified Documents Shed Light on a Massacre SEPT. 16, .. Baseball · Basketball: College · Basketball: N.B.A. · Football. In December , Israel destroyed a base near Damascus that it could push its “deconfliction” relationship with Russia to breaking point.
So this is not something new. However, since we never experienced a war on multiple fronts and this is obviously more challenging. Ronen Manelis was published on the Lebanese Ahewar website and then quickly went viral throughout the region. Iran has de-facto opened a new branch, the 'Lebanon branch.
Netanyahu's comments come amid heightened concern that the Islamic Republic is developing precision-guidance systems — possibly in subterranean facilities — to be fitted onto Hezbollah's longer-range missiles, which could potentially allow the terror group to accurately target critical Israeli infrastructure.
In fact, just hours before Liberman made his comments, a senior US official pledged — on the exact same stage at the exact same conference — continued support for Lebanon's military.
This followed numerous public declarations of support by Washington for Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri — who sits in a government with Hezbollah — after he reversed his decision, amid western intervention, to resign late last year under suspicious circumstances. To this end, US Treasury Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing, Marshall Billingslea, was in Lebanon last week and "urged [the government] to take every possible measure to ensure [Hezbollah] is not part of the financial sector.
In this respect, the US firmly backs the Lebanese government despite Hezbollah's domination over Beirut. This reality was made stark when head of state Aoun raised eyebrows by praising the terror group as the primary source of "resistance" to Israel and for playing a "complimentary role to the Lebanese army," in the process seemingly validating the Israeli contention that the two bodies coordinate together.
As regards Europe, the situation is even more abstruse, as evidenced by Wednesday's news that Bulgarian state prosecutors will not charge Hezbollah with involvement in the bombing of an Israeli tour bus at the Burgas airport, which killed six people. The prosecutors claimed that they had not been provided with proof of the terror group's complicity; this, despite multiple previous pronouncements by Bulgarian officials explicitly linking Hezbollah to the attack, including one by then-foreign minister Nikolay Mladenov who, in a further bit of irony, also attended the INSS conference in Tel Aviv in his new capacity as UN Middle East peace envoy.
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Developments in Bulgaria fit into Europe's broader approach to Hezbollah, which might be described as a separation of terror and state.
While the Lebanese group's "military wing" was blacklisted by most of the European Union in —a decision that, equally ironic, was prompted by the Burgas bombing that EU member state Bulgaria now says had nothing to do with Hezbollah—the terror group's so-called "political arm" freely operates throughout the continent, raising funds and recruiting members at will.
In Eiland's estimation, this complexity — and perplexity — stems from a misunderstanding of the Lebanese arena, which is perceived very differently by western nations than it is by Israel. The former, he explained to The Media Line, "differentiates between a camp of 'good guys' and 'bad guys.
But despite the supposed distinction, there is an agreement between both sides in which the good guys act in a way that ensures the continued support of the West while the bad guys provide security.
This is in sharp contrast to the position of Israel, which therefore cannot expect to garner much support even from its closest allies for its stated policy that, in a future war with Hezbollah, all of Lebanon will be "fair game.
So Israel wants to make sure that everyone knows its position that Tehran not be allowed to replicate in Syria its activities in Lebanon. What does it mean, for example, to attack Syria?
Plus, the Russians are the major power there. So it is easier for Israel to make its point by saying it will attack Lebanon. At one of the sites, the 47th Brigade base south of Hama, at least 18 Iranian Revolutionary Guards were killed, with more personnel wounded.Israeli Invasion of Lebanon (2006) - A Day That Shook the World
Few onlookers thought there was any mystery about which country carried out these attacks. In DecemberIsrael destroyed a base near Damascus that was reportedly being developed by the Iranians.
Are Israel and Iran about to clash head-on over Syria?
Then on February 10,Israeli warplanes struck a number of sites inside Syria. Among them was the T-4 base near Palmyra, from which an Iranian command centre was said to have operated a drone over Israeli airspace; in early April, Israel targeted the base yet again.
Israeli ministers, including prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his defence minster Avigdor Liberman, have accompanied the attacks with warnings that a long-term Iranian military presence in Syria will not be tolerated. Hours before the latest explosions, Liberman reiterated that: Since then, Israel has used its air power to disrupt weapons supplies to Hezbollah and maintain a buffer zone in the southwest, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
But now it seems things are heating up. Is this now a far bigger, more direct confrontation in the Syrian arena? The southern flashpoint The Syrian conflict is now in its eighth year, and changing fast. Since Decemberthe Assad regime has pulled back from what looked like near collapse. With sieges, scorched earth operations, and chemical and incendiary attacks as well as conventional ones, the regime has finally removed the threat to its seat of power.
It can even accept that the regime is set to retain control not just of Damascus, but of much of the rest of Syria, too.