Ynet – 2019/12/31 (emphasis added) – Should Tehran decide to retaliate for the U.S. attack on its militias in Iraq, it would be playing into the hands of those in Jerusalem who are advocating the use of Iran’s growing unpopularity in Iraq and its economic crisis at home to push it out of Syria altogether.
The possibility that Iran will drag Israel in a developing military conflict with the United States presents an opportunity for Jerusalem.
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett’s clear message to his staff regarding this potential conflict marks a shift in Israeli strategy.
Iran, according to Bennett, must be made to view the price of conflict with Israel as being too high.
If IDF strikes thus far have come in response to Iranian action, such as transporting weaponry intended to boost Iran’s entrenchment efforts in Syria and Lebanon, Israel would now initiate an offensive campaign against the weaponry before it crosses the border from Iraq and at a substantial cost to Iranian lives.
There is no assurance that all the IDF general staff is in complete accordance with the new minister’s aggressive plan, but one missile directed a major city such as at Haifa, for example, might sway those in doubt.
Should Iran decide to retaliate for the American attack on its militias in Iraq earlier this week, it would be playing into the hands of those in Jerusalem who are advocating the use of Iran’s growing unpopularity in Iraq and its economic crisis at home to push the Islamic Republic out of Syria altogether.
The new year will likely see a military conflict between Iranian and American forces. The first indication of this came with the American attack on the Iraq-based Hezbollah Brigade militia on Sunday. […]