Featuring Brigadier General (IDF, ret.) Michael Herzog, and Dr. Seth Frantzman, Middle East Affairs Correspondent, The Jerusalem Post
On Monday morning, a cell of the Iranian proxy Hezbollah, crossed the border into Israel proper, and exchanged gunfire with the IDF. Some media outlets have also reported that they fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli tank.
Thankfully, the IDF was successfully able to ambush Hezbollah. This has all come about because last week, Israel eliminated a high ranking Hezbollah operative near Damascus, and Hezbollah has vowed revenge.
Because the IDF was successful, Hezbollah has stated that this event had been “staged” by Israel. Sheik Nasrallah has still vowed “revenge” for the elimination of their fighter in Syria.
The IDF remains “in a high state of alert”, and tensions remain high along Israel’s northern borders with Lebanon and Syria. Do these tensions run the risk of escalation into a full scale war? How is the IDF prepared to confront Hezbollah? Here to answer these questions and more are Brigadier General Michael Herzog (ret.) of the IDF and Seth Frantzman, Head Middle East Affairs Correspondent and Analyst of the Jerusalem Post.
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.
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