Israel and Iran on the Brink of War?

Binyamin Netanyahu at the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem

The misleading Trump/Netanyahu rhetoric over Iran's nuclear energy programme is similar in tone to the propaganda that preceded an Israeli air strike on Iraq in 1981. Numerous reports have been published about the attack and the Iranian firing of 20 rockets at Israel from Syria, but I couldn't help watching this video of one of these strikes, over and over. Therefore, the best solution for all parties would be for Russian Federation to assume the position of responsible adult and broker a ceasefire between the two sides.

Israel on Thursday unleashed a heavy bombardment against what it said were Iranian military installations in Syria on Thursday.

Expansionist Israel is working assiduously to escalate confrontation with Iran, expecting Trump to provide all the support it requires, no matter what the consequences. His delusional deal abandoned Israel and Egypt, the largest Arab country, and alienated the Sunni Muslims in the moderate Arab states, guaranteeing they would face a nuclear Iran.

Unfortunately, it also signals that more money will be pumped into the military and arms by the federal government, with less being put toward other critical needs, such as health care, education, social programs and aging infrastructure. Earlier this month, Israel's Transportation and Intelligence Minister, Yisrael Katz, was quoted by Arutz Sheva (Israel National News) in praise of a USA air strike on Syria and claiming that "We need another 100,000 settlers in the Golan".

Israel is increasingly anxious about a potential two-front war involving Iranian-backed groups Hamas, in the Gaza Strip, and Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

"The war in Syria is over".

A worst case scenario would involve a full-fledged war between Iran and Israel, prompting Tehran to call on Hezbollah to launch the group's estimated 130,000 rockets and missiles from Lebanon.

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"The Russian's would like to avoid a situation where the United States and Israel are two parts of the same operation against Iran". Possibly they need to take into account protesting that the $150 billion Obama gave them in money wasn't used to learn them, however as a substitute to assist each Iran's nuclear growth in addition to its army finances which has grown by virtually 40 p.c.

One thing is abundantly clear: Israel will not tolerate Iranian threats beyond a certain point, and made that unambiguous this week.

Trump has reassured the world that his word is worth more than former US presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama, all of whom made the promise to move the American embassy to Jerusalem. Hezbollah winning an election in Lebanon making it, along with more than 100,000 rockets it has pointed at Israel, even more powerful.

President Trump's decision means the United States will be re-imposing trade sanctions that will affect companies seeking to trade with Iran since the deal was put into place.

Don't be surprised to see increased violent protests from Gaza where Hamas may feel marginalized and want to flex its muscles while giving Israel a black eye publically as much of the world is supporting Israel's right to use force to defend itself.

However, Etzion views the Israeli strategy to directly confront Iran in Syria as one fraught with risk. If Iran chooses to retaliate it is likely to be indirect and asymmetrical through proxies, and not necessarily from Syria.

The game is far from over and will likely go into extra innings or overtime, depending on the metaphor you prefer.

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