In recent months one could have been lulled into false sense of security. The danger that the Israeli, Iranian and the Hezbollah triangle would flare up seemed to be somewhat subdued. This is proving to be an illusion, as strategic interests, domestic political considerations and haunting events from the past threaten to interfere with a very delicate modus vivendi. A missile attack, widely thought to be carried out by Israel, that left six Hezbollah and an Iranian Revolutionary Guard general dead, exposed the volatility of the relationship between the three. The attack took place on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights, leaving behind it the anticipation of possible retaliation by Iran and the Hezbollah. Among those killed was Jihad Mughnieyeh, the son of the assassinated senior commander Imad Mughniyeh, a rising force in his own right within the ranks of the Hezbollah; field commander Mohammad Issa; and most interestingly, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard (IRG) general Mohammad Allahdadi.
If the leadership of Israel, Iran and the Hezbollah will not exercise extra caution, they may find themselves entangled in a much bigger and bloodier conflictYossi Mekelberg