The end of Israeli military chief Gadi Eisenkot's five-year term seems to have come at a pivotal moment: The U.S. is pulling its troops out Syria, just as Israel’s northern front with Lebanon seems to be warming up for the first time in years. Israel has also allegedly renewed its attacks in Syria, breaking its policy of ambiguity, with both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the outgoing army chief boasting about its strikes against Iranian targets in the war-torn country.
Meanwhile, weeks of a fragile calm in Gaza were rocked over the weekend by a new slew of cross-border rocket fire. And China, once considered a potentially strategic partner is increasingly turning into a liability – pitting Netanyahu against his friend U.S. President Donald Trump.
We sat down with Haaretz's senior military correspondent and analyst, Amos Harel, to discuss the challenges facing Israel in a rapidly changing Mideast in which the U.S. is increasingly absent.