Israel Believes Russia’s Intervention Decreases Chance of Israel-Hezbollah Conflict

REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

The Jerusalem Post reports: Russia’s intervention in Syria and close interaction with Hezbollah may actually decrease the likelihood of an Israel-Hezbollah conflict erupting in the near future, according to IDF assessments.

For example, dialogue between Russia and Hezbollah could provide an opportunity to rein in Hezbollah responses to reported Israeli air strikes on weapons-trafficking runs in Syria.

The assessments are part of a broader look at Israel’s strategic environment.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking the survival of a pro-Moscow regime in Syria where he also has an economic interest. Moscow also wants to keep Islamic State away from the country’s 20 million Russian- Muslim citizens.

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