Hezbollah trying to open new front on Golan, Israel says

(JNS.org) Israeli defense officials believe Hezbollah has been trying to establish a strategic foothold in the Syrian Golan Heights to facilitate attacks on Israel from that area, Israel Hayom reported.

A view of Syria from the Golan Heights. Israel says Hezbollah is trying to open a new front to attack Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Although the organization still has a long way to go before it has a permanent presence in the area, its leader, Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, has recently indicated the existence of such a plan.

Hezbollah may have concluded that the ongoing instability and the incessant battles between the Syrian rebels and the regime loyalists in the Golan Heights presents a fleeting opportunity to establish a base of operations in the area before it falls under the control of the rebels, should that happen.

While Israeli officials believe Hezbollah’s new infrastructure would not be set up “overnight,” according to Israel Hayom, they stress that Hezbollah is determined to put this plan into action as part of its efforts to prop up the Syrian regime with the help of Iran.

Posted on June 5, 2013 .