The diplomatic-security cabinet convened Tuesday in a Mossad facility for an annual report on Israel’s geostrategic status in the Middle East.
According to the report, Israel’s status in the Middle East has improved over the past year, especially in light of developments in the region, including Syria’s loss of chemical and ballistic capabilities, inner conflicts in Lebanon between Hezbollah and other factions, and the halt to the development of the Egyptian army as a result of Egypt’s focus on domestic affairs.
As per Israel’s ties with the Palestinian Authority, sources estimate that despite the fact that PA President Mahmoud Abbas is gaining from the diplomatic process with Jerusalem, it is not at all certain that he can make the decision to sign an agreement with Israel.
Security sources noted that though Gazans are discontented, Hamas rule is aggressive enough to keep citizens from taking down Hamas rule.
Following the disarmament of over 50% of Syria’s chemical weapons, sources estimate that If in the past the IDF would need more than a week to reach Damascus in case of war, the Israeli army will now be capable of reaching the Syrian capital in under a day.
As a result of chaos in Syria, however, terror groups have grown stronger, posing risk to regional stability.
The Lebanese group Hezbollah has also grown stronger, but the Islamic Republic of Iran has essentially become Israel’s most dangerous enemy due to its nuclear program.