While I’m sure Israel is up to the task of fighting both Hamas and Hezbollah at the same time, they shouldn’t have to. And if for some reason Hezbollah decides to start a war with Israel because of this request from Hamas, the United States should definitely intervene.
In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the US to park a few ships off the coast of Lebanon, just so they understand what’s at stake:
TIMES OF ISRAEL – As Operation Protection Edge continues into its fourth week, Hamas has asked Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, the Cairo-based deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti, “We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” The Daily Star reported.
“There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” he declared.
Since the outset of Operation Protective on July 8, several rockets have been fired upon northern Israel from Lebanon, though Palestinian groups, not Hezbollah, have been suspected in those cases.
On Wednesday morning, an IDF patrol was fired upon in the northern Galilee.
While there have been no injuries or damage incurred from these incidents, the IDF, the Lebanese Army and UN peacekeeping troops have all increased their presence along the Israel-Lebanon border.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah has vowed that his party will stand by Hamas and all of Gaza.