Gen. Yaacov Amidror, IDF (Ret.), former Israeli National Security Advisor, spoke at JPC on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 about “The Middle East: A Geostrategic Overview”. Gen. Amidror listed the various arenas surrounding Israel: Hamas might be more militant with its recent change of leadership, but the tunnels threat to Israel is not strategic but tactical, and technological solution to it will eventually be developed. Hezbollah is cautious because of the blow it suffered in 2006. The biggest threat in the region is Iran: Once the 10 year of the deal are over, it might be stronger economically and free to pursue its nuclear program. In the meantime, the prospect of Iran – through its Shiite militias and Hezbollah – gaining a land corridor through Iraq and Syria to the Mediterranean, is very alarming. While Israel is making a point of not interfering in the Syrian civil war, it will act militarily to protect itself against two threats: Smuggling of game-changing weapons from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon; and deployment of missile launchers close to the Golan Heights.