Ten years after the second Lebanon war, Hizballah is stronger than ever, with an upgraded arsenal, Russian air support, extensive fighting experience, and overland supply lines connecting it directly to Iran. Yet it is tied down in the Syrian civil war, losing men, and no longer the darling of the Arab world that it was in 2006. The U.S., meanwhile, is increasingly realigning itself with Hizballah’s Russian and Iranian protectors. Reuven Azar, Tony Badran, and Michael Doran discuss this complex situation, what it means for Israel and the region as a whole, and what the next president might do. (Moderated by Lee Smith; video, 85 minutes.)
Is a Third Lebanon War on the Horizon?
Distrust of the Supreme Court Led Likud Voters to Rally around Netanyahu
A few weeks ago, Benjamin Netanyahu handily won the Likud party’s primary election, receiving 72 percent of the votes. He won despite the fact that he is facing indictments on corruption charges that could interfere with his ability to govern if he remains Israel’s premier, and despite the credible challenge mounted by his opponent, Gideon Sa’ar. Evelyn Gordon credits the results not to love of Netanyahu but to resentment of Israel’s overweening Supreme Court: