A third Lebanon War?

Thank you to Strife for publishing my extended article on the potential dynamics of a Third Israeli-Lebanon War. Strife’s ‘thematic focus is ‘conflict’ in all shapes, forms and senses of the word. Strife combine political, historical, literary, and philosophical approaches to conflict (among other things) for their readers. Their blog and journal aim to provide thought-provoking, unique perspectives in all our work.’ Highly recommended and intriguing content.


By Matthew Williams:


The volatile relationship between Israel and Hizbullah has worsened since early 2015 and has threatened to deteriorate into open war. A Third Lebanon War would have significant repercussions not only for Israel, but for the entire region. Lebanon faces a major crisis: it now contains over 1-1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees; and its neighbour Syria is in the midst of a civil war that has left an estimated 240,000 dead,

Tension is growing between Israel and Hizbullah. This was underlined by the violence between the two parties in January-February 2015, which left two Israeli soldiers dead and threatened to escalate into open war. This tension could be the catalyst for the breakdown of the Lebanese government’s capability to control the civil war already spilling over into Lebanon. This is illustrated by the refugee crisis, the presence of extremist cells like ISIS in Lebanon, and the operations of Hizbullah and the…

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