Iran and Hizbullah Plan New Front Against Israel on Golan Heights – Amos Harel (Ha’aretz)
(dailyalert.org, Jan. 23, 2015)
High-ranking Hizbullah figure Jihad Mughniyeh, who was killed in Sunday’sairstrike in Syria, appears to have been responsible for upgrading the operation of Iran and Hizbullah on the Golan Heights with an eye toward opening an additional front against Israel.
Mughniyeh commanded dozens of carefully selected fighters who received intensive training from Iranian and Lebanese instructors in deploying explosive devices and firing rockets and anti-tank missiles, as well as carrying out major terror attacks in Israel after sneaking over the border.
The new Hizbullah network fired Katyusha rockets at Israel on four occasions during last summer’s war in Gaza.
According to Israeli intelligence, Mughniyeh was engaged in advanced preparations for additional attacks.
See also Strike Against Hizbullah in Syrian Golan Was Warning Not to Prepare Another Front Against Israel – Jonathan Spyer (Jerusalem Post)
The Israeli strike was a response to a clear attempt by Iran and Hizbullah to violate the status quo with Israel.
The action by Israel should not be seen as a casting aside of the rules of engagement on the northern border, but rather an insistence on maintaining these rules, and a warning of the consequences of continued violation of them.