Israel has been concerned about its Lebanese border in recent weeks, over fears that Islamic movement Hezbollah, which is based in the border region, might use the disruption caused by any US war on Iraq to launch an attack. Hezbollah has the same worries about Israel. ‘It is possible, but not definite, that the Zionist enemy will attack Lebanon during an American aggression against Iraq,’ Hezbollah’s deputy secretary- general Naim Qassem told the local Daily Star on 6 January. Newspaper reports in Israel have suggested that weapons may be being smuggled out of Iraq and through Syria to Lebanon and Hezbollah, in order to be used against Israel – suspicions heightened by an unexplained explosion in the Bekaa valley on 29 December.