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Israel is girding for another war in southern Lebanon. But this time Hezbollah can pound northern and central Israel with up to 1,500 missiles a day – 10 times as many as it launched in the entire 2006 Lebanon war. And the conflict could well spread to Syria and Gaza, and perhaps even to Iraq and the Mediterranean offshore gas fields. As Iran supplies Hezbollah with ever more advanced missile technologies, the window for a preemptive strike by the Israeli Defense Forces is closing.
Professor Dr. Amatzia Baram
It may already be too late
to avoid another armed conflict in the Middle East. Iran has systematically
upgraded Hezbollah’s ability to strike at strategic and civilian targets deep
inside Israel. Increasingly, the only viable option for Israel’s military to
neutralize this threat is another invasion of southern Lebanon.
Ambassador Zvi Mazel
The U.S. strategic missile
defense program tends to speed up under Republican presidents and slow down under
Democrats. This trend seems to be holding as the Trump administration puts
renewed emphasis on missile defense as a cornerstone of its military strategy. Amid
threats from North Korea, look for Washington to prioritize defending the
homeland against nuclear missiles.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Professor Stefan Hedlund
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is back in the driver’s seat after his ruling party scored a decisive win in the November snap elections. While Mr Erdogan has never been a favourite of Western decision makers and opinion shapers, his renewed mandate makes him a useful partner in efforts to resolve the Syrian civil war and the migrant crisis that threatens to...
Russia is taking an increasingly aggressive stance against Nato. And the key issue - which overshadows the already fragile East-West detente – is the acrimonious dispute over Nato missile defence sites in Central Europe. The Kremlin says these are a threat to its own strategic nuclear deterrent. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin made his point by excusing himself ...