Iran claims that hundreds of Israeli airstrikes on its assets in Syria have failed to curb its agenda in the war-torn country.
"We have accomplished more than 90 percent of our objectives. Thus, the Israeli punitive strikes have had no strategic impact and the resistance has pressed ahead with its activities," boasted Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, in remarks to Iranian media.
Shamkhani's statement might be more than just hot air.
Earlier this month at a security conference near Tel Aviv, IDF Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the former research chief at Military Intelligence, said much the same thing.
"On the tactical and operational level, the strikes on the Iranians are powerful. But on a strategic level, we are not succeeding," Gilad said to a gathering at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
In January, the Institute for National Security Studies issued its Strategic Assessment for Israel 2018-2019, which likewise noted that current Israeli air superiority was unlikely to halt the Iranian military build-up in Syria, and that Israel must consider direct military strikes against the Islamic Republic.
"Israel must...be prepared for the possibility that the war will expand to Lebanon or Iran directly," the report read, noting that the Syrian military is rehabilitating and will soon be able to better counter Israeli air strikes with the help of the Russians.
PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani oversees a military parade in Tehran. (EPA-EFE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH)