The lines between Hezbollah and the Syrian regime are so blurred that Israel
will hold Damascus responsible if Hezbollah bombards Israel in the coming days,
Israeli officials indicated on Wednesday.
Israel has made it very clear
over the past two days that while it is not involved in the Syrian civil war, it
will respond fiercely if Syrian President Bashar Assad decides to respond to an
expected Western attack by firing missiles at Israel.
This raises another
question, however: What if the missiles were fired from Hezbollah in Lebanon,
and not by Assad’s regime in Damascus.
“They cannot play the game that
Hezbollah is somehow an independent actor,” one official said. “We have seen
over the last few months that Hezbollah is coordinated very closely with the
Assad regime, and it is the Iranians that have orchestrated that close
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If Israel is attacked by Hezbollah, the official made
clear, “we will respond forcefully, and we won’t hold by artificial
Thousands of Hezbollah men are reportedly fighting
alongside Assad’s troops in Syria.
“Hezbollah works hand-in-glove with the
Assad regime,” the official said. “They are fully coordinated with the Syrian
regime and with the Iranians, and they cannot pretend to be acting in a vacuum.
They cannot pretend that they are not part of an alliance. And they cannot claim
that others in the alliance are not responsible.”
Israel responded to
four rockets fired from southern Lebanon last week by targeting terrorists bases
there. The official explained that Hezbollah was not held to be responsible for