March 2, 2017

General Halevy said that Hezbollah Chief Hassan Nasrallah would most likely not want to attack Israel until the end of the fighting in Syria, but warned that in a future clash with Israel, the Lebanese army – that is armed by the West – is liable to join the internationally recognized terror group, as the country’s president is a staunch supporter of Hezbollah. The director of IDF Intelligence also commented on the closer coordination between Russia and the United States in the region and said that he thought this new reality could in fact help impede Iranian strengthening in the chaotic Middle East. The assessment is that Moscow does not view Hezbollah and Iran as strategic partners, rather, it perceives them only as tools, and was therefore likely to turn its back on them over time.