Is Israel-Hezbollah war inevitable?

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Paul R Pillar

“Exchanges of fire between Israel and Lebanese Hezbollah, persistent over the past eight months, have intensified in recent weeks. The situation can escalate into a full-blown war in either of two ways. One is for the present tit-for-tat to spin out of control in a manner that neither side plans. Escalation would be a result of the lethal logic of each side trying to deter the adversary’s future attacks by responding strongly to the most recent attack. The other route to escalation would be an intentional resort to full-scale war by one side. Hezbollah is unlikely to be that side.” (06/26/24)