IDF intel chief: Nasrallah close to ‘mistake that could plunge region into big war’

The Times of Israel  reports: “The IDF’s Military Intelligence Directorate chief assessed on Monday that the head of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group was ‘close to making a mistake’ that could spark a regional war, while warning that the conflict between Israel and Iran was becoming increasingly direct.

Speaking at a conference hosted by the Institute for Policy and Strategy of Reichman University in Herzliya, Aharon Haliva said ‘the chances of an escalation that could deteriorate into war is not low,’ and that, as far as Hassan Nasrallah is concerned, a recent flareup on the Israel-Lebanon border may not be over.

Haliva alluded to Nasrallah’s past comments that Hezbollah’s abduction of two Israeli soldiers on the border in 2006, which set off the Second Lebanon War, was a mistake, but said he is now starting to believe the balance of power can be tested.

‘The story of the terrorist at the Meggido Junction isn’t a one-off,’ Haliva said, referring to a bombing attack in March that seriously injured a man, and is suspected to have been orchestrated by the Iran-backed terror group. ‘Nasrallah is close to making a mistake that could plunge the region into a big war. He is close to making this mistake from Lebanon or Syria.’

He also said Syrian President Bashar Assad, another Iranian ally, was growing increasingly confident, noting his inclusion at the Arab League summit in Saudi Arabia last week after a 12-year absence and a recent drone attack launched from Syria…”

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