The situation in Syria has been at the forefront of Israeli statements lately, especially in relation to Hezbollah which has been a challenge for the Israeli military machine for the last three decades.
Former Israeli Army chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi said during a conference for Jerusalem Post that the possible downfall of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could be a positive change for Israel, since any regime which succeeds would not be aligned with Iran or Hezbollah.
Analysts believe the Israeli statements show that Israel is bargaining on the fall of Syrian president as a means to help it gain control of attacking Lebanon without resistance:
Ashkinezi claimed that most of the weaponry that Hezbollah possesses comes from Syrian depots; however, Lebanese Army former General told Press TV that Hezbollah’s existence as a resistance does not only rely on assistance from abroad:
Ashkinazi wasn’t the only one expressing his aspirations of weakening Hezbollah. Former Israeli intelligence chief Meir Dagan considered that establishing a Sunni regime in Assad's place that has the support of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf states will weaken the military and political force of Hezbollah.
Hezbollah officials said lately that Hezbollah’s resistance will persist as long as Israel remains a potential threat to Lebanon’s security:
Hezbollah has considered all Israeli statements on the situation in Syria as an attempt to re-establish the morale of the Israeli home front since Israel was deterred by Hezbollah from completing a new invasion of South Lebanon in 2006.
The United Nations Interim forces in Lebanon have reported several instances of Israeli violation of the cessation of hostilities agreed upon in the summer of 2006.
Observers believe one thing is clear: the major factors which led to the formation of Hezbollah as a popular resistance even before it gained Syrian support persist to this day, but now with a regional cold war clearly in the midst, Hezbollah seems to have become a force which clearly defies Israel’s military might despite any possible changes.