Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed by brutal civil war. Iran, Russia and Hezbollah have been supporting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad’s government against rebel militias and radical jihadi groups, including the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida. Israeli security planners are concerned that these groups will ultimately turn south and attack the Jewish state. Hezbollah and Iran are reportedly already attempting to establish a front against Israel along the Golan Heights.
Mounting Threats to Israel
Iran is laying the foundation for a long-term presence in Syria, similar to its presence in Iraq, by infiltrating its economy and civil society to create a durable web of dependency. Download the PDF »