Abu Dhabi Media Company, one of the largest news sources in the Arab world, reports that a recent meeting in Damascus, Syria that included president Ahmadinejad, Syrian president Bashar al Assad, and Hizbollah chief Nasrallah, was a war council that convened to set up a defensive plan in the event that Israel were to attack the region.
â€œThe timing of the meeting, the way it was undertaken and the ensuing press conference that was held at its conclusion, all point to a strategic coalition being reinforced. This is the build-up of a new front that will spearhead the confrontation with the US-Israeli alliance and whichever Arab countries that may, expressly or implicitly, be affiliated with it.â€
The Iranian president said he expects war to break out somewhere between spring and summer of this year. Meanwhile, the Hizbollah chief vowed to strike the Israeli capital, its airports and power stations if Israel dared to attack Beirutâ€™s critical infrastructure.
â€œIndeed, we are being exposed to a new discourse here, an unprecedented sense of self-confidence and an unheard-of preparedness for retaliation.â€
For its part, the Syrian leadership appears to have made up its mind to close off the US administrationâ€™s â€œtrite and cheapâ€ flirtation with Damascus and opted for bolstering its tactical partnership with Tehran.