June 20, 2024 | The Dispatch

The Hezbollah Time Bomb Is Ticking

Downplaying the Lebanese terrorist group puts Israel in peril.
June 20, 2024 | The Dispatch

The Hezbollah Time Bomb Is Ticking

Downplaying the Lebanese terrorist group puts Israel in peril.

Excerpt

Let’s not mince words: The Middle East is on the precipice of the most destructive war of the region’s modern history.

This war did not begin on October 7. It actually began one day later, when Hezbollah, the most powerful proxy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, began attacking Israel. The Israelis, already on their back foot from the Hamas assault in the south of their country, struggled to gain equilibrium. 

The Israeli Defense Forces began with proportional responses to Hezbollah’s unprovoked attacks. But when that failed to deter the Lebanese terror group, the IDF steadily stepped up its retaliatory strikes. This, too, has done little. Hezbollah has lost more than 300 of its senior Radwan Forces along the border. An estimated 91,000 Lebanese citizens have been forced to evacuate from southern Lebanon. Yet, Hezbollah continues to fire at Israel. 

Jonathan Schanzer is senior vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter @JSchanzer. David Daoud is a senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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Hezbollah International Organizations Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran-backed Terrorism Israel Israel at War Lebanon