The Israel-Iran War Starts


The flareup between Israel and Iran on Saturday may have been the beginning of the next regional war.

Iran seems determined to entrench itself on Israel's northern border, despite Jerusalem's strong protests. That conflict could widen into a war over Syria and the Middle East, write Tony Badran and Jonathan Schanzer at the Wall Street Journal.

For Jerusalem, the status quo is unsustainable. The Iranians are clearly willing to absorb tactical strikes so long as they are able to consolidate their strategic position, which will prepare them for a future conflict with the Jewish state. So while Israel’s political leaders are eager to avoid conflict, the military brass may soon determine that postponing it would be the riskier course.

War seems only a matter of time.

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