Tom Friedman of the New York Times says the next shooting war in the Middle East will take place between Iran and Israel.
The stage is now set, Friedman says, after Iran launched a weaponized drone into Israeli air space and Israel responded by attacking an Iranian air base in Syria. Iran has vowed retaliation.
Since then, senior Israeli defense officials have let it be known that if the Iranians were to strike back at Israeli targets, Israel may use the opportunity to make a massive counterstrike on Iran’s entire military infrastructure in Syria, where Iran is attempting to establish both a forward air base, as well as a factory for GPS-guided missiles that could hit targets inside Israel with much greater accuracy — inside a 50-meter radius — and deploy them from Syria and with Hezbollah in Lebanon.
These defense officials say there is zero chance Israel will make the mistake it made in Lebanon — of letting Hezbollah establish a massive missile threat there — by letting Iran do the same directly in Syria.
Israel sees this fight as existential. Expect war.
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