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Hezbollah fighters hold the group’s flag during a rally to mark Jerusalem day in Beirut, Lebanon, April 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

The war in Gaza risks pulling in Hezbollah and Lebanon

Since the war began, Israel has exchanged tit-for-tat cross-border attacks with the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah. It is imperative to prioritize diplomatic solutions that end the violence.
In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, President Ebrahim Raisi, right, greets the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, at the start of their meeting at his office in Tehran in June 2023. (Iranian Presidency Office, via AP)

Iran has so far resisted direct involvement in the Gaza war, but is that changing?

Iran prefers to engage Israel through its proxies, but the risk of escalation makes this a dangerous strategy.
A billboard depicts the leaders of the Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Mohammed Hamoud/Getty Images

How much influence does Iran have over its proxy ‘Axis of Resistance’ − Hezbollah, Hamas and the Houthis?

Iran has expanded its network of partners across the Middle East. But it isn’t a simple case of Tehran dictating the terms of the alliance.
Divisions: Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will find it hard to negotiate a peace deal with support from the extreme right of his cabinet. EPA-EFE/Ronen Zvulun/pool

Benjamin Netanyahu’s biggest problem in negotiating an end to war with Hamas and Hezbollah may be his own government

Facing opposition to a peace deal within his own cabinet, Israel’s prime minister will find it difficult to agree an international peace deal and hold on to power.
Israeli army soldiers take up positions near the border with the Gaza Strip on Dec. 11, 2023,. Menahem Kahana/AFP via Getty Images

Israel can and will ignore US appeals to minimize casualties in Gaza

Conflict has escalated between Joe Biden and Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu over the conduct of the Israel-Hamas war. But a national security veteran says the US has little leverage over Israel.

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