Hizballah’s Old-New Terror Strategy

Although the Lebanon-based terrorist organization is currently focused on defending Bashar al-Assad’s control of Syria and Lebanon, recent statements by its leaders are reminders that it has not lost sight of its core mission of destroying Israel. Hizballah has staged a number of small-scale cross-border attacks, and may also be ramping up its old strategy of attacking Jewish and Israeli targets outside the Middle East. Matthew Levitt writes:

This much is clear: Hizballah remains an immediate threat to Israel, even while it is bogged down in Syria. That much [its leader Hassan] Nasrallah wants us all to know. To be sure, roadside border bombings will continue from time to time, and Hizballah may even claim responsibility for some of these. But because of its desire to avoid opening a second front with Israel at the present time, the Hizballah threat to Israel today is in some ways more acute oceans away—in places as far afield as Thailand and Peru—than it is along its northern borders.

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More about: Hizballah, Israel, Lebanon, South America, Syrian civil war, Terrorism

The Diplomatic Goals of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Visit to the U.S.

Yesterday, the Israeli prime minister arrived in the U.S., and he plans to address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, but it remains uncertain whether he will meet with President Biden. Nonetheless, Amit Yagur urges Benjamin Netanyahu to use the trip for ordinary as well as public diplomacy—“assuming,” Yagur writes, “there is someone to talk to in the politically turbulent U.S.” He argues that the first priority should be discussing how to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But there are other issues to tackle as well:

From the American perspective, as long as Hamas is not the official ruler in the Gaza Strip, any solution agreed upon is good. For Israel, however, it is quite clear that if Hamas remains a legitimate power factor, even if it does not head the leadership in Gaza, sooner or later, Gaza will reach the Hizballah model in Lebanon. To clarify, this means that Hamas is the actual ruler of the Strip, and sooner or later, we will see a [return] of its military capabilities as well as its actual control over the population. . . .

The UN aid organization UNRWA . . . served as a platform for Hamas terrorist elements to establish, disguise, and use UN infrastructure for terrorism. This is beside the fact that UNRWA essentially perpetuates the conflict rather than helps resolve it. How do we remove the UN and UNRWA from the “day after” equation? Can the American aid organization USAID step into UNRWA’s shoes, and what assistance can the U.S. provide to Israel in re-freezing donor-country contributions to UNRWA?

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Gaza War 2023, U.S.-Israel relationship