The Shiite militant group and political party is a player not just in Lebanon, where it is based, but across the broader Middle East. It remains a staunch opponent of Israel, which it fought to a standstill in 2006, and a close ally of Iran and Syria – despite both regimes' crackdowns on citizens Hezbollah purports to champion.
An Israeli student living in the US has started the online campaign #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. While many have applauded, he says, others have been afraid to join in.
Letters to the Editor for July 21, 2014 weekly magazine:Gann: Actions taken by Israel in rounding up people suspected of complicity in the kidnapping were entirely legitimate. Horacek: High levels of student loans amongst recent graduates mean they won't be able to save for their future children's college
Though the Iron Dome interceptor system has been credited for the minimal damage Israel has suffered in the current conflict, the threat from Gaza appears to be smaller than in 2012.
Will Israel send in ground troops as it did with Operation Cast Lead in 2009? Or, will this be a relatively short air-strikes-only operation, like the 2012 Pillar of Defense? On Saturday, Israel added another missile battery to its Iron Dome.