Akshay Prasad

Nov 17, 2020

3 min read

Do Israel and the U.S. plan to attack Iran?

Sunday, the 15th of November, 2020. Iran and Israel have a long-standing tradition of animosity. Not just the two sides of the war, but Israel’s third biggest partner is the United States. Iran came under rising pressure during Donald Trump’s presidency. Numerous weapons and financial sanctions have been levied by him. In Iranian politics, the US has assassinated key figures, such as General Qasem Sulaimani, who was killed this year in an airstrike.

The assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the brain of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and all other Shiite leaders erupted and increased their animosity to the U.S. and vowed to take revenge on the U.S. and its allies. Israel, meanwhile is locked in a bitter dispute with Iran over the war in Syria. Israel has threatened to target Iran’s nuclear facilities, including the Iranian nuclear weapons industry’s sensitive areas.

Israel had hoped that it would have President G.W. Before leaving office, Bush would have gotten rid of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but when Obama was elected, it became evident that the Iranian regime’s nuclear power was growing, worrying Israel. Unlike the recent administration of Donald Trump, it has emerged that it would order US military action against Iran or authorise Israel to attack the Iranian regime.

As part of its current strategy to repress its long-standing rival, there have been previous plans by Israel to actively target Iran’s main allies in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic, however, warns of the dire repercussions of retribution. The plans come as part of a five-year Israeli military re-organization strategy called ‘Momentum,’ which aims to prevent those opposed throughout the region especially Iran.

Signs of Trump’s plan to launch a military attack against Iran include last week’s dismissal of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and changes to other key Pentagon officials. According to sources, Trump wanted Esper to step down; he could be against Iran so that he could readily participate in divisive military action.

In the meantime, there is a direct connection between the US and Israel, particularly with regard to the Iranian issue. Iran’s top diplomat, Elliott Abrams, was in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week; U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be here for three days next week to continue those talks.

Much of this seems like a replay of what happened both in 2008 and 2012, when Israel appeared to be on the verge of an assault on Iran as well. Having said that Netanyahu really wanted to strike in 2012, he eventually struggled to get cabinet support.

Bear in mind that the assault on Iran by Israel is so complex that the IDF still sees it as the last option. And there are signs of a potential war, such as reinforcing the military operations of the North or planning an offensive against the Iranian regime.