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          IRAN, ISRAEL AND HIZBOLLAH
          Anoushka Kurkjian, FREELANCE MIDDLE EAST ANALYST BASED IN LONDON




          StarkChoices   | INDEPENDENT THINKING ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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Israel’s interception of a cargo ship allegedly carrying Iranian
weapons bound for the Lebanese Shi’a group Hizbollah has
upped the stakes in an already volatile region. The incident
follows weeks of heightened tensions along the Lebanese-Israeli
border and comes at a particularly sensitive moment in
international efforts to contain Iran’s nuclear programme.




i       SRAELI ALLEGATIONS THAT IRAN AND
        Syria are rearming Hizbollah, in defiance
        of United Nations resolutions, presents
        stark choices for the international
        peacekeeping mission in southern
        Lebanon, for Lebanon’s leaders, and a
United States administration seeking a new
approach towards the Middle East.
   The outcome of international efforts to
engage Iran on the nuclear issue, as well as
progress in US-Syria relations, will greatly
                                                    remains. The status of Hizbollah’s arms is far
                                                    from being resolved and was thrown into
                                                    renewed focus by the Israeli seizure of
                                                    hundreds of tons of weaponry, including
                                                    rockets, allegedly bound for Hizbollah.
                                                       Israel has hailed the discovery as evidence
                                                    that Iran and Syria, undeterred by the terms
                                                    of UN Security Council Resolution 1701
                                                    which brought the 2006 conflict to a halt,
                                                    are re-arming Hizbollah. Israeli Prime
                                                    Minister Benjamin Natanyahu, who since
influence whether Lebanon achieves a                taking office in February has provided a grim
meaningful political settlement and begins to       assessment of the level of threat his country still
address its long-standing administrative,           faces from Hizbollah, said that the arms were
structural and economic challenges, or              intended to strike Israeli cities. Israel also
whether the country remains a mirror of an          claims that the UN peacekeeping mission
unstable regional landscape.                        (UNIFIL) 
								
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