Trump pullout from Syria leaves Israel alone to battle Iran’s likely resurgence

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— The US administration’s planned complete withdrawal from Syria is bad news for Israel both militarily and diplomatically, experts said Wednesday, since it will be leaving a vacuum in the war-torn country that will very likely be filled by Iran. While the US military had only some 2,000 troops in…

Operation “Northern Shield” Could Reshape the Northern Front

By Brig.-Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, JCPA— The discovery of Hizbullah’s invasion tunnels has removed a critical component of the organization’s and Iran’s plan for war against Israel, expected to break out at some time. The discovery robbed them of the ability to surprise Israel through an offensive (under)ground assault into Israeli territory, which was to…

Israel launches operation on Lebanon border to destroy Hezbollah attack tunnels

By Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel— The Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday launched an operation to destroy a number of cross-border attack tunnels that it says were dug by the Iran-backed Hezbollah group into northern Israel from Lebanon. Announcing the launch of Operation Northern Shield, IDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said “a number…

US and European nations warn Israel liable to attack Lebanon

By Tzvi Lev, Arutz 7— A London-based Arab newspaper reports that American and European nations informed Lebanon that Israel will attack the country if the Hezbollah militia continues to develop their long-range missiles. The Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah has been building factories in the heart of Beirut to convert missiles into highly-accurate precision weapons capable of…

Official: Trump and Putin agreed to get Iran out of Syria

By Israel Hayom—- U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly agreed in principle that Iranian forces should exit Syria when they met in Helsinki in July, according to a U.S. administration official familiar with the meeting. However, the official told Bloomberg that the Russian leadership said securing Iran’s withdrawal from Syria would…