There is a real danger that the cold war between Israel and Iran may soon turn hot in Lebanon. Statements by Israeli politicians and military officials have highlighted the seriousness of the threat posed by Iranian proxies in Lebanon, threatening military escalation.
For the first time since 2009, Iran has been rocked by widespread protests. Unlike the so-called “Green Movement” of 2009, however, this time protesters appear to come from a different cross-section of the society and have mostly economic demands.
Though headlines continue to be dominated by news of UN votes on Jerusalem and the associated rhetoric coming out of the White House, many regional observers have recently turned their attention to recent developments concerning Iran.
Allegations that Iran plans to build permanent military bases in Syria, some in close proximity to the Israeli border, have alarmed the region.