Will there be a Southern Front?

Will Tehran persuade Hamas and Islamic Jihad to open a southern front against Israel in the upcoming war between Hezbollah and Israel? While it could be argued that Hezbollah has enough missiles themselves and don’t need the participation of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, it could nevertheless be useful from the perspective of Hezbollah to divert Iron Dome batteries and the firepower of the Israeli Air Force. Were it up to Tehran would there likely be a southern front but this decision will be made by Hamas and not by Ali Khamenei. Hamas likely does not have much appetite for war at present but probably prefers to build up its military arsenal.

However, if Israel liberates and annexes the Median Jewish (Druze and Alawite) areas of Syria and Lebanon will Israel demographically afford to redeem and enfranchise the entire Judea and Samaria. This opens the question of who will liberate Gaza? Once Israel has formally incorporated the entire Judea and Samaria will there no longer be any obstacles for Jordan to annex Gaza. Israel will have to briefly clean up Gaza and then hand it over to Jordanian military control for more thorough house cleaning. One plan would be for the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) to enter Gaza in agreement with Amman after Israel’s application of sovereignty over the entire Judea and Samaria. 

Will the upcoming war become the war to end all wars in the Levant? This is a highly realistic prospect indeed.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization

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