WAR DRUM: Israel Looks To Score First Step In Taking Out Assad
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing the world Monday night to discuss Iran, following an Israeli airstrike that killed Iranian fighters in Syria. Israel anticipates Iranian retaliation — possibly through Iran’s ally Hezbollah.
Haaretz reports that Israel is determined to remove Iranian influence from Syria. Doing so would be the first step in a premeditated plan to remove Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad from power. American neoconservatives support the removal of the Iranian regime, though no intelligence officials have been able to figure out what would happen in the region if the Ayatollah gets removed. Such a play by Western powers would certainly provoke mass confusion and bloodshed.
President Donald Trump is pushing his own Cabinet to get out of the Iran nuclear deal, but he never meant for the end of that deal to be a pretext for war.
Earlier Monday Israeli lawmaker Michael Oren, a deputy minister in Netanyahu’s office in charge of public diplomacy, accused Iran of using the nuclear deal to help it “systematically” cleanse Syria of Sunni Arabs, and replace them with Shi’ites.
“One of the ways they are able to do this is through the Iran nuclear deal, which provides them with both the cash and the legitimacy to do it,” he said in Jerusalem.
“One of the ironies is that the cash that Iran gets from European deals it uses to cleanse Syria of Sunnis. And where do the Sunnis go? To Europe. Talk about a boomerang.”
The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy organization said on Monday that Iran has the technical capability to enrich uranium to a higher level than it could before the multinational deal was reached.
“Technically, we are fully prepared to enrich uranium higher than we used to produce before the deal was reached… I hope Trump comes to his senses and stays in the deal,” Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by Iranian state television.”
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Here is the story of the motivations behind the probably-impending war: