Assaf Orion, a retired Israeli brigadier general and defense strategist whose broad research scope ranges from relations with China to Israel’s regional political-military strategy and policy, is the Liz and Mony Rueven International Fellow with The Washington Institute.
Articles & Testimony
Local UN forces need serious rebalancing if they are to help address Tehran’s blatant military buildup in the area.
The land across the border from northern Israel, from the Lebanese shores of the Mediterranean to the mountains of the Golan Heights in Syria, has become a staging ground for Iran and its proxies in their confrontation with the West. Iran has provided Hezbollah with more than 100,000 rockets and missiles and now has begun a “precision project” to retrofit them with accurate guidance systems. It is likely that advanced weapons were flown to Lebanon recently aboard several 747s directly from Iran. But until this week, none of this military infrastructure existed in the fantasy-land Lebanon of the United Nations...