Israel Has "Free Rein" to Deal with Iran's Precision Weapons, Not Its Nuclear Program

(Israel Hayom) Brig.-Gen. (res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - According to foreign media reports, not a week goes by without reports of Israeli strikes at Iranian infrastructure and forces in Syria, and targeting efforts to transfer precision components to Lebanon. Israel has made it clear it won't allow Iranian forces and proxy militias to operate and establish a foothold in Syria, and won't allow Syria to be used as a transit hub for game-changing weapons earmarked for Hizbullah. Interestingly, the Russians and Syrians are not complaining. Putin is permitting Israel to act freely, while Assad understands that without dislodging the Iranians from Syria, he won't be re-welcomed into the family of Arab nations. Washington understands Israel's position regarding the precision weapons, hence Israel has "free rein" to deal with them, but not Iran's nuclear program, not even through its considerable cyber capabilities - which is unacceptable from Israel's perspective. The writer is a former Israeli acting national security advisor, a visiting professor at the Technion, and a visiting fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

2021-12-02 00:00:00

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