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On Tuesday, July 21st, a high ranking Hezbollah terrorist official, Ali Kamel Mohsen, was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. Following that attack, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said Israel “should be prepared for an attack.” Hezbollah has recently fired three anti-tank guided missiles into northern Israel, towards an IDF post and a military ambulance. The IDF immediately sent additional troops to beef up its northern border.
On top of that, there was a near collision in Syria between an America F 15 and Iranian Mahan Air passenger jet, which the Iranian erroneously had originally blamed on Israel.
Here to discuss this and other late breaking developments are Brigadier General (IDF, ret.) Michael Herzog, and Dr. Seth Frantzman.
Brigadier General (IDF, ret.) Michael Herzog is an International Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute.
The General retired from active duty in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in late 2010, after a long and distinguished career. His service included heading the Strategic Planning Division of the IDF and working with four ministers of defense as senior military aide and chief of staff.
Since 1993, General Herzog has actively participated in nearly all of Israel’s peace negotiations with the Palestinian, the Syrians and the Jordanians, including in backchannels and in the last round of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations (2013-2014). He later published an insiders’ unique summary and analysis of this round.
Dr. Seth J. Frantzman is the Middle East affairs correspondent at The Jerusalem Post. He has lived in Israel since 2004 and has covered the Disengagement from Gaza, and three Gaza wars. He is the author of After ISIS: America, Israel and the Struggle for the Middle East (Gefen, 2019), and executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis. He has reported from and conducted research in Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Israel and the UAE. A former lecturer at Al-Quds University on US foreign policy, he has a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Frantzman was born in Maine and received his B.A from the University of Arizona. He is currently working on a book about Drone warfare and contributes to Defense News and other publications and media.