Iran, Hezbollah stepping up efforts to save Assad regime in Syria

BY GIL COHEN, HAARETZ— Iran and Hezbollah are strengthening their efforts to ensure the survival of the Bashar Assad regime in Syria, Military Intelligence Chief Major General Aviv Kochavi said on Wednesday. “They are providing with knowledge, weapons and other means and recently with active involvement,” Kochavi said. Kochavi also said that the face of…

'Lebanon army says it can defend oil reserves without Hezbollah'

BY HAARETZ—  Christian Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea retorted Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah Friday, saying the Lebanese army would defend alone any future oil installations put to risk by Israel, according to a report in the Lebanese Daily Star. “The Lebanese Army, not you, will deal with our oil installations in the event they were…