HENRY SREBRNIK: Iran-Israel shadow war could soon explode into the real thing
Iran has always insisted that its nuclear program is peaceful, but Israel views a nuclear-threshold Iran as an unacceptable threat, because Tehran is openly committed to the destruction of the Jewish state.
So, is Israel now taking matters into its own hands? Neither side has openly, nor formally, declared war. Still, it is important, if we are to have a clear picture of the hostile strategic relationship between Israel and Iran, that we recognize the situation for what it is: in effect, a de facto, if not a declared, war.
On May 16, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz declared that Israel would “continue to act against any enemy” that threatens Israel’s security and would “prevent the transfer of advanced capabilities from Iran that endanger the citizens of Israel and harm the stability of the entire region.”
Gantz on June 20 also reported that Israel has joined a new Middle Eastern military partnership composed of, among other nations, the United…