Amid the carnage of Syria's civil war, well into its sixth year, Israeli military chiefs say that Iran and its prized proxy, Hezbollah, are surreptitiously seeking to establish a new front in an older conflict, the Iran-backed group's 30-year war against the Jewish state that until recently was waged almost exclusively from neighboring Lebanon.
In yet another example of Arab leaders advocating terrorism and violence to settle disagreements, Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri said Lebanon has the right to fight for and "liberate by all means available" the disputed Sheba Farms area, including cross-border attacks by Hizb'Allah.
Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares' associations with high ranking US Republican officials continue to raise suspicions, especially after a donation of $100,000 was made under his name to the inaugural fund for newly-installed US President George W. Bush.
Tensions increased over recent days in the disputed Har Dov region along the Israeli-Lebanese border, after Hizb'Allah forces set up a roadblock just outside the divided border village of Ghajar.
There were calls in recent days for calmer heads to prevail over the building of a water pumping station along a tributary of the upper Jordan River on the Israel-Lebanon border.
The Lebanese army has detained 12 people, including a Palestinian officer, accusing them of spying for Israel, the military said Thursday. The army statement did not say when or where the 12 were arrested, but said they were caught with sophisticated wireless and camouflaged photography equipment.
JERUSALEM, Israel, 22 June 2000 (Newsroom) -- Maronite Christians are openly challenging Syriaâ€™s presence in Lebanon in protests that are unprecedented since their Arab neighbor crushed the Lebanese Forces Christian militia at the end of Lebanonâ€™s civil war in 1989.