Israel’s military said on Wednesday it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war.

Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where dealing with neighboring Israel is considered a crime.

But a senior Israeli military officer noted that the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State jihadis in Iraq and Syria had brought together disparate forces, and said Israel might similarly expand on its current security ties with Egypt, Jordan and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority. […]