Published in the Hill on July 7, 2023.
Photo: King Abdullah II of Jordan | File photo: Getty Images/Sean Gallup
One of the pillars of Iran’s long-term strategy to destroy Israel is to encircle and strangle the Jewish state with proxy armies. This works particularly well targeting nations like Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Yemen, whose governments are dysfunctional and corrupt and whose citizenry is in economic despair.
Combine this with asymmetric military and terror tactics and a good dose of decades-old incitement against Jews, and you get Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-directed Popular Mobilization Units in Syria and Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen.
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