The season may be heading into its stretch run, but the “long, hot summer” many predicted for the Middle East is only just beginning. This week has already seen the worst clashes since 2006 erupt along Israel’s border with Lebanon, not to mention a deadly volley of Palestinian rockets reigning down on Israeli and Jordanian resort towns.
The disturbing series of events is eerily similar to what occurred in the summer of ‘06, when Hamas terrorists kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and Hezbollah jihadists in Southern Lebanon abducted two more Israeli troops shortly thereafter. Those coordinated acts of terror had Iranian fingerprints all over them, as Israel’s U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren, suggested in my recent interview with him.
It’s too early to tell for sure whether the latest provocations out of Gaza and Lebanon were orchestrated by the Iran/Hamas/Hezbollah/Syria axis. But clearly no one would be surprised if details surfaced that the terror masters in Tehran had decided to deflect attention from their nuclear weapons program by once again activating their jihadist proxies against the “Zionist entity.”
Hezbollah and Syria would also love a distraction from the current UN probe into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri (an act widely seen as the handiwork of the Syrian regime and its Hezbollah ally).
Nadim Gemayel is one man who has seen this script before. A Christian member of Lebanon’s Parliament, Gemayel has called for Hezbollah to disarm and for an immediate end to Iranian and Syrian meddling inside his country.
Such boldness can be deadly: Gemayel saw his father, former Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel, assassinated in 1982, and his cousin, Pierre, murdered in 2006—both men taken out by Syrian operatives. But as Gemayel told me recently in an exclusive interview for my new CBN show, Stakelbeck on Terror, he’s willing to brave any threats in order to preserve the culture, rights and dignity of Lebanon’s besieged Christian community. Click on the viewer above to watch my interview (it’s at the top of the show) with this courageous young voice for freedom in one of the Middle East’s most volatile nations.