These ships are part of the growing Iranian threat, based on the vision that the Iranian clerical regime instilled decades ago: the destruction of Israel. Many doubted that the Iranians were really serious about realizing this vision, but Israeli intelligence services have gleaned Tehran’s true intentions to establish a regional empire and compiled a list of targets.
Iran has succeeded in building a system that threatens both the national security of Israel and the Sunni Arab world despite social and financial problems such as economic recession, water shortages, collapsing infrastructure, corruption and harsh Western sanctions that are only getting worse. Iran’s strength as a nation may be waning, but it proudly presents weapon systems that it believes would serve its ambitions.
As far as Israel is concerned, Iran has made progress in three key areas. The first is ballistics, so the ring of fire that Tehran is building around Israel in failed states that give up their sovereignty and allow it to entrench itself like Lebanon, Syria, Yemen and, to some extent, Iraq.
We are talking about an incredible number of rockets – about 150,000 in Lebanon alone – which act as a major deterrent.
Second, Iran has become a nuclear-threshold country that would allow it to enrich weapons-grade uranium at will. To our knowledge, Iran still does not have a nuclear weapon, or at least an operational one.
Third, terrorism and cybersecurity. Iran intermittently wields its power through acts of terrorism and drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries while developing its offensive cyber capabilities.
What should Israel do? First of all, to accelerate its military reinforcement. It must do so in a way that would enable it to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, as it has succeeded in doing so far.
Some downplay this achievement, but nuclear weapons in the hands of such a violent and murderous regime could become an existential threat and trigger a nuclear arms race that would undermine Israel’s powerful deterrent.
With this in mind, Israel must move forward with developing defensive systems with the United States that would give it an advantage ahead of the next visit of US President Joe Biden.
Cooperation with the United States is paramount, although the IDF can strike alone in Iran, doing so without first coordinating with Washington is not an option – given the possible ramifications of such an operation.
Ultimately, Israel must be judged on the magnitude of its actions, those it reveals and those attributed to it.
The test is simple: how close are we to stopping the Iranian threat?
Israel’s gallop towards a new general election amid political chaos stands in stark contrast to its need for a strong government that works day and night to counter the Iranian threat.
It is unthinkable that while Iran is politically stable, Israel is locked in ugly political squabbles that deprive its leaders of the energy to deal with them.
Even more outrageous is the blocking of the appointment of the new IDF Chief of Staff and the sickening way in which this process is being hijacked.
The IDF needs a stable high-ranking officer who works day and night to build up its military might and execute a comprehensive military plan.
Would it be wise to denigrate the candidates for the post of chief of staff who come from the vanguard of the general staff and whose political convictions nobody knows?
The rampant attacks on candidates and contamination of the entire process unquestionably weaken Israel, and we must restore stability and facilitate our military build-up while forging a historic US-led alliance with Arab states at this opportune time. .