Israeli Air Force jets struck targets in Damascus and hit a Hizballah arms convoy bound for Lebanon Tuesday night. This was an intriguing uptick because of the target. Israel has vowed to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining “game-changing” arms — in particular advanced anti-aircraft systems and chemical weapons. Everybody knows this, including Russia and the United States. Apparently their security services found out something.
These types of incidents involving Israel are important to note because they can have a domino effect in an already hair-trigger situation. Up to this point, most of the players involved have fortunately elected to not push Israel further.
The Persians continue to prepare for an even more aggressive role in the Middle East. Especially with the election of Donald Trump, his appointment of retired United States Marine Corps general James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense, and the incoming American administration’s stated 180 degree reversal in posture dealing with them.