According to Kuwaiti sources, Iran has provided Hezbollah with both manned and unmanned aerial assault planes, as well as military training. This takes the possibility of war with Hezbollah to a whole new level. With weaponry like this, Hezbollah could be capable of reaching nearly any target in Israel within a short timeframe. Not only does this create significantly increased risk for Israel, but it also raises the possibility of a preemptive Israeli attack on both Lebanon/Hezbollah and Iran.
While a preemptive attack would be justified to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens, it would, again, place Israel on the defensive against charges of military aggression. Regional and global reactions could continue to damage Israel’s reputation and create the risk of further delegitimization. Time will tell what Israel’s response to this latest arms advance is, but it certainly puts it in an almost certainly no-win situation.
Articles of Interest
- Report: Iran gave Hezbollah UAVs, attack aircraft (Haaretz.com)
- Haggai Carmon: Hezbollah and Iran: the New Masters of Lebanon? (huffingtonpost.com)
- Hezbollah Welcomes Iran’s President To Lebanon (npr.org)
- Captured Israeli rifle an ugly gift from Hezbollah to Ahmadinejad (theglobeandmail.com)