The head of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah movement said Syria will supply his group with “game- changing” weapons and his fighters are ready to support any popular resistance to liberate the Golan Heights.
Israel will try to halt the shipment of advanced weapons to Lebanon’s Hezbollah from Syria as the militant group attempts to strengthen its defense capabilities, Chatham House Associate Fellow Yossi Mekelberg said.
The U.S. plans to provide Israel with advanced weapons, including the first export of the tilt- rotor V-22 Osprey, as part of an “iron-clad pledge” to ensure its edge against enemies such as Syria and Iran, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
Gaza Strip militants fired rockets for the second time in less than 24 hours, as Israeli forces vowed to defend residents and carried out the first air strikes on the Hamas-ruled territory since a November offensive there.
Israel’s military chief of staff warned that some of the rebel forces trying to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad may soon turn their attention southward and attack Israeli settlements in the Golan Heights.
Israeli lawmakers approved legislation requiring a national referendum on any peace agreement that calls for withdrawal from the Golan Heights or east Jerusalem and doesn’t win a two-thirds majority in parliament.