JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel is bracing for a new round of possible terror attacks from the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group. Forty days of mourning for their slain terrorist leader will soon end, and Hezbollah has vowed to take revenge against Israel for his assassination.
In recent weeks, Israel has had its hands full trying to deal with rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip and riots in the West Bank. But the biggest worry for Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak may be to the north in Lebanon, where Iran's proxy, the radical Hezbollah terror organization, is loaded with weapons and bent on revenge.
Hezbollah and Iran blame Israel for the February killing of one of the world's most-wanted terrorists, Imad Mughniyeh. The 40-day Muslim mourning period for him ends March 22, and Israel is on alert for possible reprisals -- not only in Israel itself, but at Israeli embassies and Jewish centers around the world.
At another funeral in Bethlehem last week, the bodies of Islamic Jihad leaders killed by Israel in a counter-terror operation were wrapped in Hezbollah flags, another sign of Iran's growing influence in the West Bank and Gaza.
Israeli intelligence estimates that Hezbollah has rebuilt its rocket arsenal from the Second Lebanon war in 2006 and now has 20,000 rockets aimed at Israel.
Iran's regime is almost certain to help Hezbollah avenge the death of its leader. And the goal will be a high casualty count. The questions of who, when and where they might attack is a concern not only in Israel, but for leaders on every continent.
It is a circumstance that best-selling author and geo-political analyst Joel Rosenberg is very well aware of.
His first book, The Last Jihad, launched a series of novels centered in the Middle East whose storylines ended up in the headlines.
That prompted some to dub him a modern-day Nostradamus.
Such insights have made him a noted speaker and consultant to leaders around the world.
His latest book, released for sale today, is Dead Heat, a story that Rosenberg says he hopes does not end up in the headlines.
Today, Rosenberg will join The 700 Club to discuss his new book and also provide some analysis of the events unfolding in the Middle East. Be certain to check back later this morning for that interview.