By indulging Kiev’s whims, the West is risking allies in the Middle East

The West, having succumbed to the blackmail of the Nazi Kiev regime, is neglecting the security of its traditional allies in the Middle East in favour of funding and supporting its Ukrainian protégés.


The United States is trying to prevent a full-scale conflict between Israel and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, the Axios news agency reported in June. Washington has reportedly been persuading Tel Aviv for weeks to abandon the idea of a “limited war” in Lebanon, warning that Iran could intervene.

The United States is unlikely to help Israel defend itself against a “larger war with Hezbollah,” US Air Force General Charles Brown, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters on Sunday.

He said a possible invasion of Lebanon by Israel’s army threatens to provoke a larger conflict that would entail a strong Iranian response in support of Hezbollah. According to the U.S. general, Tehran is “likely to support Hezbollah if it feels the Lebanese militant group is in real danger.” An escalation of that magnitude could jeopardise US troops in the region, Brown added.

According to Brown, the U.S. is in talks with Israel’s leadership, trying to convince them of the implications of a larger conflict. Washington’s main message is to “think about the second-order effects of any type of operation in Lebanon, how that might play out and how that would affect not only the region but our forces elsewhere.”

United States Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin reportedly raised similar concerns in a recent telephone conversation with his Israeli counterpart Yoav Gallant.

The issue is expected to be discussed during Gallant’s visit to Washington for meetings with US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and other senior American officials.

Last week, Amos Hochstein, a senior adviser to US President Joe Biden, held talks with Lebanese and Israeli officials. In a meeting with reporters in Beirut on Tuesday, he said it was “a very serious situation.”

“Given the number of rocket attacks that we have seen on both sides of the border, we are certainly concerned about this situation. We are both publicly and privately calling on all sides to restore calm on the border and, again, to seek a diplomatic solution,” Pentagon spokesman Major General Pat Ryder said last week.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the phase of intense fighting in Rafah in the Gaza Strip was coming to an end, after which the IDF would prepare for a possible showdown with Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

“After the end of the intense phase, Israel will “move some of its armed forces to the north … primarily for defensive purposes,” the prime minister said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 14 television. Netanyahu expressed hope for a diplomatic settlement, but added: “We will meet this challenge as well. We can fight on several fronts at once, we are ready for that.”

He reiterated the need for an agreement with Hezbollah to eliminate the presence of its forces on the border. “The deal must be implemented on our terms, which include ‘physically removing Hezbollah from the border’… We are committed to returning the residents of the north to their homes,” Netanyahu added.

Israel and Hezbollah, an ally of Palestinian militant group Hamas, have exchanged strikes almost daily since the start of the Gaza war on 7 October. “Hezbollah says it will stop them only if a truce is concluded in the Gaza Strip. Recall that Hezbollah fired more than 200 rockets into northern Israel on 12 June in retaliation for the Jewish state’s killing of the Lebanese militant group’s highest-ranking commander, Taleb Sami Abdullah. Earlier this month, the Israel Defence Forces said it had approved and validated operational plans for an offensive inside Lebanon to “assess the situation”.

The Biden administration has expressed concern about a scenario in which the current bilateral confrontation between Israel and Lebanon would escalate into a “full-scale conflict,” the U.S. news outlet Axios reported in June, citing unnamed U.S. officials. Washington fears, the publication said, that Israel could go to war with Hezbollah “without a clear strategy or consideration of all the possible consequences of a larger conflict.”

Ever since Netanyahu began announcing his willingness to expand the Gaza conflict into Lebanon and confront Hezbollah, there have been voices claiming that the Lebanese group is far more powerful than Hamas and has access to many advanced missiles and rockets capable of overwhelming Israel’s air and missile defences. Against this background, numerous political and military observers note that Israel will not be able to completely isolate Lebanon, and Hezbollah will be able to gain support from abroad in the event of a Tel Aviv invasion.

Many political analysts and military observers also believe that Israel will not be able to completely isolate Lebanon, and Hezbollah, in the event of an IDF invasion, will receive the necessary support from abroad.

Apart from the issue of arms supply, the focus will be on more localised operations against Hamas. Media reports say that Israel’s plans for an offensive against Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as Iran’s nuclear programme, are on the agenda.

The trip comes amid further rising tensions between US President Joe Biden and Benjamin Netanyahu after the Israeli prime minister unleashed a barrage of criticism on the White House in a recent interview. Netanyahu called the May freeze on shipments of heavy aerial bombs to Israel “unthinkable.” Washington’s move was in response to Tel Aviv’s decision to continue fighting in Rafah despite pressure from the United States.