Published in the Hill on April 13, 2023.
Photo: Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem on March 19, 2023. Netanyahu bristled at President Biden’s suggestion that he “walk away” from a contentious plan to overhaul the legal system, saying the country makes its own decisions.
With Israel on the brink of a possible multi-front war with Iran, led by its regional proxies Hezbollah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), any perceived deterioration in relations between America and Israel will be interpreted as a weakness and an opportunity. The recent Iranian-directed missile attacks from Gaza, Syria and Lebanon, as well as terrorist acts in Tel Aviv and the Jordan River Valley, which killed a European tourist and two British women, are connected to Iran’s support of these organizations.
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