Iran Is Vulnerable in a Conflict with Israel

(Jerusalem Post) Hillel Frisch - Iran exports 90% of its oil and gas from Kharg on the Persian Gulf. The port of Bandar Abbas is responsible for 90% of its container trade. One can safely assume that the Israeli air force has given much consideration to addressing these two major points of Iranian vulnerability. Iran's proxy Hizbullah suffered hundreds of deaths in the 2006 confrontation with Israel and has experienced even greater losses in the civil war in Syria. Hizbullah draws its ranks from a small community of less than two million people. Demographic data shows that the birth rate of Shi'ites in Lebanon has plummeted to below replacement rate, which impacts on the pool of new recruits. The writer is a professor of political and Middle East studies at Bar-Ilan University.

2018-05-08 00:00:00

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