Vice quotes Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab on how the nuclear deal with Iran could affect the Iran-Hezbollah relationship:
Despite this shift in the alliance between the US and Israel during the respective terms of Obama and Netanyahu, and the appearance of a potential beginning to rapprochement between America and Iran, experts don’t seem convinced that the agreement will change much for the tiny, war-weary nation of Lebanon. Bilal Saab, senior fellow for Middle East security at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, DC–based international-affairs think tank, says the nuclear agreement will not affect the Iran-Hezbollah-Israel triangle in the slightest.
“The potential deal changes absolutely nothing in that regard,” Saab argues. “The deterrence dynamics between Iran-Hezbollah and Israel remain the same. Israel will always be concerned about Hezbollah’s growing missile arsenal and Hezbollah and Iran will continue to build a more robust deterrence posture along the Lebanon-Israel borders and now possibly near the Golan Heights in Syria.”