Hello again Everyone!
As it is that time of a New Year among us I was recently asked what in my opinion was the most dangerous prospect to Israel this coming year.
My answer was not the Iranian threat of a nuclear bomb, but rather the instability in Lebanon.
That instability originates from the assassination of Rafik Hariri several years ago. His death is being officially investigated by the United Nations.
It is largely felt that Hezbollah, lead by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, was behind the death – perhaps with the aid of Syria and/or Iran. Nasrallah is seen as one seeking to grab power and change Lebanon into a Shi'ite stronghold – and he has been doing just that – and people are worried, not only in the West, but locally too.
One of the interesting finds in the whole Wikileaks affair is the Saudi King Abdullah's strong suggestion to form an 'Arab Army' and crush Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Lebanon is ruled by the late Hariri's son Saad, who is often described as a spoiled billionaire, dependent on France and Saudi Arabia, and who lacks leadership qualities.
Recently he has been directly threatened by Hezbollah who has said that his life would be in danger if he would not put an end to the UN investigation.
Hariri must choose between pursuing justice vis-