Despite Syrian claims, Syria can not deliver concessions from, and can not control the behavior of, Hizbollah. That organization reports to Iran and not to Syria.
Many leading Israelis claimed the past few weeks that Hezbollah is now much stronger after Syrian made missiles were added to their inventory. Israelis can not claim that Syria is Hezbollah's main supplier of heavy arms when those Israelis want to lobby the United States to renew its sanctions on Syria while claiming no Syrian influence over Hezbollah, to justify their argument that Syria can not help Israel feel more secure near its borders with Lebanon after a land for peace agreement and therefore it is not in Israel's interest to give Syria back the occupied Golan Heights as part of a peace settlement.
If Syria really has no influence with Hezbollah, why are many Israelis insisting that Syria must cut its relations with that organization as a prerequisite to starting peace negotiations? If those relations are valuable to Hezbollah then it is only logical that Syria has some influence over Hezbollah.
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