Israeli press is comforting Israeli psych by exaggerating Hezbollah's weakeness. Hezbollah is still very popular among Lebanon's Shiite community, an ever larger share of that country's population. Christians have made their peace with Hezbollah, and though tensions between Shiites and Sunnis have increased in the meantime, Sunnis still can't present any force able to compete with Hezbollah. Hezbollah's "threats" against Israel aren't a sign of vulnerability either. This is wishful withful thinking. This is but Nasrallah's response to recent talk in Israel of destroying parts of Lebanon and Gaza by Israel's military establishment -- see Danny Yatom's recent statements -- in a war against Iran.
U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower, including from Assad (Reuters)