An Israeli army 155mm mobile artillery battery stationed near the border with Syria in the Golan Heights on January 28, 2015. (MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images)
According to some Lebanese analysts I spoke with this afternoon, the main point of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah’s much-anticipated speech today was that the Golan Heights would be Hezbollah’s, and therefore Iran’s, next arena of activity.
That’s a marked change from his last public speech, delivered more than two weeks ago, when he reassured Hezbollah’s Shia constituency, which is anxious about fighting in Syria to defend Bashar al-Assad, that the organization was not active on the Golan Heights at all.
The Israeli strike on a three-car convoy near Quneitra Jan. 18 revealed the truth: Hezbollah and Iran are indeed on the Golan and up to no good.
So, even as Israel and Hezbollah both signaled that they were finished with their latest round of hostilities, it is nearly certain that the conflict is certain to flare up again, and perhaps much worse next time out.
After all, as Iran marches toward a nuclear weapons program the stakes are getting increasingly high…