ANALYSIS: Iran Threatens Israel After New IAF Strikes in Syria
Anyone who thinks that Iran today is more isolated and less dangerous is fooling themselves
Last week, during his three-day visit to Israel, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that Iran has become more isolated in the Middle East and elsewhere in the wake of the so-called Abraham Accords, the peace agreements between Israel and the two Arab Gulf States Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Pompeo’s remarks came after the Israeli Air Force (IAF) carried out a new series of airstrikes against Iran-related targets in Syria in the early morning hours of November 18 after the discovery of three Claymore anti-personnel mines at the border between Israel and Syria.
The Claymore mines were to be detonated by remote-control and were designed to cause maximum injury and death to IDF soldiers who patrol the border between Israel and Syria.
The Abraham Accords may have changed the equation in the Middle East to a certain degree but they certainly have not made Iran more isolated as recent events regarding Islamic Republic’s aggressive hegemonistic drive in the Middle East show.
The fact of the matter is that Iran, via its proxy Hezbollah, has been able to build up a large Shiite force that has bases at 58 locations along Israel’s border with Syria on the Golan Heights and these bases present a direct threat to the Jewish state.
On Sunday night, the IAF reportedly was again active in Syria when it bombed Iran-related positions in the Deir Ez-Zur province in eastern Syria near the border town Abu Kamal or Al-Bukamal on the Syrian border with Iraq.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) ten positions were hit by the IAF strikes killing eight Iraqi militiamen and 6 Afghan fighters while two bases and some military vehicles were also destroyed.
Iran finally reacted to the series of Israeli airstrikes on its forces in Syria by declaring that “the Zionist regime is well aware that the era of hit and run is over and therefore they are very cautious.”
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters “Iran’s presence in Syria is advisory and naturally, if anyone disrupts this advisory presence, our response will be a crushing one.”
His threat followed an uptick in Iranian attempts to target Israel with so-called killer drones both from Lebanon and Syria
Last week, Iran also ordered its proxies in Iraq, the al-Hashd al-Sha’abi umbrella organization of predominantly Shiite militias in the Arab country to resume its attacks on American targets after a short lull.
On Tuesday night, four crude rockets were fired at the so-called Green Zone in Baghdad Iraq where the US embassy is located killing a child. Iran wants the American soldiers out of Iraq and is using the al-Hashd al-Sha’abi militias which frequently target the American embassy in the capital Baghdad as well as US army convoys throughout the country.
In addition, Iran frequently targets Saudi Arabia via its proxy the Ansar Allah militia in Yemen also known as the Houthi rebels. Ansar Allah is frequently launching missiles at Saudi Arabia while the navy unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is harassing western owned vessels in the Persian Gulf.
Even in Europe Iran is active to fight opponents of the fanatic Islamic regime in Tehran.
In September last year an Iranian opposition activist was stabbed down near a train station in the city of Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.
This week, four members of an Iranian diplomatic mission in Belgium will be tried for their role in a botched bomb attack on a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) which is affiliated with Mujahidin al-Khalq the official Iranian opposition organization.
The NCRI rally was held on June 30, 2018, in Villepinte a suburb of Paris in France and the bomb was meant to kill Massoud and Mariam Rajavi the leaders of the NCRI.
German authorities later arrested Assadollah Asadi who was working as a diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Vienna, Austria. Asadi was overseeing secret Iranian assassination plots against opponents of the regime of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who were living in Europe.
In January 2018, German media reported that ten suspected IRGC members were prosecuted by German authorities over their role in planning terrorist attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in the country.
Some months later Danish authorities arrested an Iranian who was plotting to assassinate another member of the Iranian opposition. The man was residing in Norway and extradited to Denmark after the Israel spy agency Mossad tipped off the Danish authorities.
The Mossad has played an important role in countering Iranian terrorist activities in Europe and is continuing to do so because the Europeans with exception of the German Authorities are not focused on what Iran is trying to do on the old continent.
German intelligence offices are also closely following Iran’s attempts to obtain components for its secret nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs but the federal government in Germany has still to act against Iran and maintains close business ties with the Islamic Republic.