(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
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.