Iran and the Escalation in Gaza

(Foundation for Defense of Democracies) Jacob Nagel - In the recent escalation in Gaza, Iran and its allies may have overplayed their hand. After sustaining more than 600 rockets and four fatalities, even some of the more risk-averse Israeli officials see little choice but to destroy significant terrorist infrastructure in Gaza in a major retaliation. Indeed, there is a growing sense in Israel that the IDF must re-establish deterrence and send a clear message such that the gain/pain equation will be different this time. Israel wants all of Iran's proxies - Hamas and Islamic Jihad - to fear another conflict. There must also be an understanding that Palestinian terrorist groups do not use this time to build up their military infrastructure for the next conflict. The writer, a visiting fellow at FDD, headed Israel's National Security Council.

2019-05-06 00:00:00

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