Iran was behind the latest rocket attacks launched from Gaza into Israel, according to various media. President Trump sent the US Navy to the region with the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force.
“Any attack will be met with unrelenting force”
“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.” John Bolton quoted by the Washington Examiner
Why the escalation in tensions? Because the administration has learned that one of the players in the rocket attacks against Israel is an Iranian proxy called the PIJ. And they have exercised their ability to meddle in the fragile, difficult area of
The Washington Free Beacon reported,
... It is a significant escalation that tests the prevailing rules of the game with Israel where Iran is demonstrating its ability to intensify the conflict by meddling in Palestinian affairs.
Despite the ceasefire previously hammered out by Egypt, a sniper from Iran’s proxy—the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ)—opened fire across the Gaza fence wounding an Israeli officer and soldier on Friday. The attack is all the more brazen as it took place as Hamas and PIJ leaders were in Cairo finishing an agreement to ease the tensions in Gaza and Israel’s south. The IDF responded to the initial incident by targeting a Hamas outpost, killing three Hamas terrorists.
Beginning around 10 a.m. the next morning, the first of hundreds of rockets were fired by Hamas and PIJ into Israel, with around 700 launched toward Israeli homes and infrastructure by Sunday evening, killing four civilians and injuring dozens. Hamas-affiliated Shehab News Agency posted video of a salvo of rockets fired from Gaza.
The type of rockets launched at Israel over the weekend reflected Iranian influence. The presence of the PIJ, or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, that is “owned, operated, and established by Iran, financed by Iran, and does what Iran wants it to do” was the kicker that pushed the administration toward the US Navy deployment.
As we previously reported, when the US designated Iran’s IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization, Iran responded in kind and labelled the US military as terrorists. Which simply means that the “gloves are off.”
The Trump administration also let it be known last month that anyone importing Iranian oil would not receive US waivers. The President plans a new set of sanctions against Iran very soon, according to the New York Post.
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