BY CHRISTINE DOUGLASS-WILLIAMS
“The prospects for an Israel-Iran proxy confrontation in the near future seem significant,” which is not surprising. Iran has been working through its proxies for years with the goal of regional hegemony and the destruction of Israel.
Iran is entrenched in Syria in a clear campaign aimed at extending its fundamentalist tentacles to Israel’s north and exerting hegemony across the region while ensuring an open corridor to Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon.
Iran is playing a deadly game, facilitated by the Barack Obama’s Iranian deal. Western appeasement of Iran for years has empowered the Islamic Republic. The Iranian regime is also supported by Russia. Amos Yadlin, the head of the Institute for National Security Studies, has pointed out that attacks against Israel by Iranian proxies could actually come from “anywhere else around the globe” in addition to Syria and Lebanon. To complicate matters:
Russia finds itself in the crosshairs of a possible showdown between the U.S. and Israel on the one hand and the Iranian axis on the other.
“Klein: Iran Proxy War with Israel May Be in Mideast Forecast”, by Aaron Klein, Breitbart, April 12, 2018:
TEL AVIV — As Israelis here gear up to celebrate the Jewish state’s 70th anniversary next week, the prospects for an Israel-Iran proxy confrontation in the near future seem significant.
Airstrikes on the T-4 airbase in central Syria on Monday have been widely attributed to Israel, with U.S. officials confirming the Jewish state carried out the hits and informed Washington in advance. Israel has a longstanding policy of refusing to comment on alleged military actions beyond the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Still, Israel’s Foreign Ministry immediately accused the Bashar al-Assad regime of committing “crimes against humanity” with a deadly chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma over the weekend.
The decision to target the T-4 base is instructive. Reports in Israel revealed the establishment housed an Iran-run drone base. Underscoring the sensitivities of the players involved, the Washington Post, citing Iran’s Fars News Agency, reported that aside from Iranians, the T-4 base also houses Russians and members of the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group.
This week’s raid apparently marks the second time Israeli jets bombed T-4. In February, following strategic victories over the Islamic State and Turkey-backed rebels inside Syria, Iran was brazen enough to send an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) into Israeli territory before it was quickly shot down by the Israeli military. Aviation analysts described the Iranian drone as a new stealth model similar in design to the American RQ-170 Sentinel spy drone that Iran claimed to have shot down and seized in December 2011. It’s likely the Iranians were testing the model’s ability to penetrate Israeli airspace undetected, making Israel’s discovery of the UAV a remarkable display of regional military superiority.