Russian Influence on Hezbollah Raises Red Flag in Israel

TEL AVIV — When the Lebanese militant organization, Hezbollah, joined the fight on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad pretty much from the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the professional military assessment from Israel was essentially: Have at it. Let them bleed.
“Hezbollah is an enemy that is improving its capabilities in Syria, but any changes in their combat capacity … shouldn’t warrant, for the foreseeable future, any adjustments to our operational concept,” Brig. Gen. Shmuel Olanski, then-Israel’s chief armored officer, told Defense News in November 2014, more than two years into the now 6-and-a-half-year-old, increasingly brutal bloodbath.
“I wish they will come and confront us directly. That’s when we’ll be able to most effectively harness our superiority,” he added. …. [read more]

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