Israeli efforts thwart Hezbollah’s attainment of guided missiles

The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, UNIFIL, confirmed the existence of a cross-border attack tunnel next to the Israeli city of Metulla – dubbing the revelation as “a grave development.” UNIFIL’s command underscored that the force has maintained contact with both sides and that it would pass-on its findings to the authorities in Lebanon. … Read more

Hezbollah unlikely to initiate war over “North Shield”

As in the case of every conflict zone, the ones suffering are the civilians. In the Lebanese village of Kila, from where the Hezbollah tunnel network was dug, a resident of the village said that the current situation was not a new reality. Mohammed al-Hadi, a Kfar Kila resident, was quoted saying: “The current situation … Read more

Israeli-Lebanese border seemingly calm despite IDF operation

The Israeli-Lebanese border appeared calm today, a day after Israel announced a wide-scale operation – dubbed: Northern-Shield – to “expose and thwart” cross-border attack tunnels from its northern neighbor, which were dug by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah. During a televised press conference to the nation from Jerusalem, the Israeli military’s spokesman Ronen Manelis provided visual intelligence … Read more

IDF launches operation “North Shield” on Lebanese-border

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held what was described as “an urgent meeting” last night with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the Belgian capital, Brussels. Prior to his departure from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, the Israeli leader underscored that the meeting would focus on the latest regional-developments, and the challenges the Islamic … Read more

Lebanese PM Hariri calls Hezbollah a “big obstacle” to forming a new government

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri blamed Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, for what he called a “big obstacle” in efforts to form a new government, indicating there could be no solution if it did not back down. Hezbollah, a heavily armed Shi’ite Muslim group backed by the Islamic Republic of Iran, has been demanding that one … Read more

Lebanese FM disputes Israeli claims against Hezbollah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Lebanese government for “sacrificing the peace of its citizens to cover for Hezbollah, which has taken Lebanon hostage for its aggression against Israel.” The condemnation by the Israeli leader followed a tour organized by the Lebanese Foreign Ministry Gebran Bassil, during which Foreign Ambassadors were taken to one … Read more

Israel seeks to defuse tensions with Russia

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in New York today, to join leaders from around the world at the annual United Nations General Assembly summit. Prior to his departure from Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, Netanyahu referred to the latest developments vis-à-vis Russia in Syria, emphasizing that while Jerusalem regrets the Russian loss of life, … Read more

UN: Turkish-Russian de-escalation deal establishes a foundation for a political process

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis responded to a question about the downing of the Russian aircraft, stressing the incident only “complicates the situation between the Assad regime and Moscow. Mattis believes “it complicates the situation between the regime and Russians. It will have no effect on us whatsoever other than a reminder why we … Read more

Hezbollah’s increase of power in Lebanon stimulates anti-U.S. sentiments

The Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah, which is internationally recognized as a terrorist organization, is asserting its dominance in Lebanon’s Parliament – that after Hezbollah and group’s that support the Iranian proxy won at least 70 of Parliament’s 128 seats in a 6th of May election. Among Hezbollah’s close allies, Nabih Berri, was once again re-elected for … Read more