Iran Threatens to Close Persian Gulf Oil Chokepoint

(Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Brig.-Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira - The threats of Iranian President Rouhani and the commanders of the Quds Force mean more than just a risk to harm oil exports from the Persian Gulf; they could mean the closing of the Strait of Hormuz and undermining the freedom of navigation through the Strait of Bab al-Mandeb where Iran's Houthi proxies have already fired missiles at ships and tankers. The threats could also translate into terrorist operations by Iranian-backed organizations such as Hizbullah, whose forces are deployed in Yemen and Syria. The writer, a senior researcher at the Jerusalem Center, served as military secretary to the Prime Minister and as Israel Foreign Ministry chief of staff.

2018-07-05 00:00:00

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