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Looking for Options: The Israeli Establishment and the Syrian Conflict

... destruction of the State of Israel, which is a threat to its existential security. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) feels that deterrence is the best strategy to discourage states (such as Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc.) and substate actors (such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic State [Da’esh], Jabhat Fatah al-Sham [al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra], etc.) from attacking its country. The IDF will not change its deterrence strategy for state and substate actors. This is because ...


Non-Governmental and Irregular Armed Groups in the Syria/Iraq Conflict Zone

... important for the Syrian state to remain secular. Iran’s interests are mainly connected with the opportunity to transport materiel and human resources via Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, in support of its immediate allies in the Islamic resistance (primarily Hezbollah). Tehran views Syria as the central piece in this allied structure. In the future, these countries might be used as transit states for Iranian oil and gas. There are, however, other motives behind Tehran’s activities, namely its desire to ...


Autumn Suspense in Lebanon III: Prime Minister’s Office on the Brink

... Regional Issues On November 4, 2017, Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri announced his resignation on Saudi television. In his speech, Hariri accused Iran of spreading discord in the region, motivated by hatred for Arabs, and called Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement “Iran’s arm in Lebanon and other Arab countries” (meaning, of course, Syria). The Lebanese politician, who holds Saudi citizenship and owns Saudi Oger (a construction company that declared bankruptcy in the summer), arrived in ...


The Fifth Assault Corps. Back to Order in Syria?

... Intelligence Directorate, forcibly recruit people into the Fifth Corps in Sunni areas which have only recently achieved reconciliation with the regime. According to some reports, one of the Fifth Corps’ units will be formed of volunteers trained in Hezbollah camps on the Syrian-Lebanese border. Recruits are a significant but not the main part of the Fifth Corps. They are its future; so, their military training and their study of the specific experience of this and other modern wars in the Middle ...


The Syrian Armed Forces Seven Years into the Conflict: From a Regular Army to Volunteer Corps

... other “heavy” divisions. The tank and mechanized infantry battalion tactical groups of these formations were often used in conjunction with units of the 14th and 15th Special Forces Divisions, thus providing armoured support to them . Lebanese Hezbollah detachments were subsequently used as an infantry component of the 4th Mechanized Infantry Division on a regular basis. One such example was during the fighting in Aleppo. Nevertheless, all the combat-ready units of the SAA were clearly insufficient,...


The Lebanese Front

One of the conflicts in the Middle East that remains unresolved is the standoff between Lebanon and Israel. The active involvement of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement in the hostilities in Syria has not only led to the party transforming its domestic and foreign policies, but it has also caused Israel to modify its strategy with regard to threats from the north. The conflict is characterized by hostile ...


Lebanon: A New Dead End or a Way Forward?

... more poignant by the fact that two out of four of the main presidential contenders are S. Hariri's fellow party members from "March 14", while Franjieh is a member of the opposing "March 8" block that, apart from Marada, consists of Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement (as well as Dashnaktsutyun, the Syrian National Social Party, and others.) The key event in the process of finding the middle ground on the candidacy of the future president was a productive dialogue between the ...


Political Extremist Groups and Islamic Movements in the Middle East and North Africa

Main Groups and Leaders Brief Overview The crisis developments in Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Syria are destabilizing countries in the Middle East. The growing turbulence and unpredictability threaten the very model of the nation state, which is struggling to react to the challenges posed by non-state actors in international relations – primarily by extremist groups. The inability of the state to counter the terrorist threat leads to an increase in the activities of radical elements, whose actions take...


Mr. Netanyahu in Dire Straits

... after the Arab Spring, the area around Israel is volatile, which precludes any sort of political activity. The Iranian issue remains of paramount importance for Israel, thousands or maybe even dozens of thousands of the latest missiles targeted by the Hezbollah against northern Israel from Lebanon, as well as the threat of shelling from the Gaza Strip. The Israeli security establishment is also worried by developments in Jordan, Egypt and especially Syria. Major changes in international relations are ...


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