US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman: Hezbollah in Syria presents major threat to Israel

According to Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, the presence of the Lebanese terrorist group in southern Syria constitutes a major threat to Israel. Dunford landed in Israel on Tuesday for a 2-day visit.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah Photo Credit: EPA

While in Israel on an official visit, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford said that the presence of Hezbollah in southern Syria is a major threat to Israel. According to Dunford, this scenario “would give Israel two fronts to deal with” if the Lebanon-based terrorist group attacks Israel.

Dunford also said that the Iranian influence in Syria is a cause for concern. He added that he shares Israel’s concerns about Hezbollah obtaining highly advanced weapons.

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Dunford landed in Israel on Tuesday for a 2-day visit, his third official visit to Israel. IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot presented Dunford with a medal of honor during a ceremony at the Tel Aviv IDF headquarters on Tuesday.

Dunford also met with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Tuesday. During the meeting, Lieberman thanked Dunford for being a great friend to Israel.



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