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Proxy war of the Iranian regime intended to destabilize Middle East, divert attention from nuclear ambitions

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Ismail Haniyeh, Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, seen with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Photo: Tehran Times)

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Operation Guardian of the Wall continues as we speak, with rockets raining down upon Israel non-stop. There is no doubt that Iran stands behind the rocket attacks and Hamas terror officials have repeatedly stated this firmly.

MEMRI reported that Iran provides Hamas “with missiles, weapons, funds and food. Our gunmen were trained by our brothers in the IRGC. Without Iran’s assistance, we would not be able to fire rockets at Tel Aviv. Qassem Soleimani personally oversaw the transfer of rockets to Gaza.” 

The question remains, how intimately involved is Iran in the latest violence and what are their motives?  

Rahim Rashidi, a journalist and a member at the Gold for International Strategy in Washington, D.C. who is known as Mr. Kurd, a nickname given to him by President Trump, believes that Iran’s destabilizing behaviors has been ongoing for four decades: “The escalation of hostilities in the region instigated by Iran and it’s proxies against anti-Iran forces especially Israel is in line with Iran’s four decade old policy of creating chaos in the region to divert attention from its domestic repression and external meddling.”

He believes that the conflict is related to the tensions between the West and Iran, cautioning, “most importantly, this latest rift between Israel and the Arabs is due to a change in the western stance towards Iran.” 

Rashidi believes that the Iran-backed groups behavior is dependent on the strength or weakness of Iran: “The more international pressure is on Iran, the less the regime is inclined to push its proxy groups to start violence.

“We have witnessed that over the past four years the threats of military action against Iran has made the regime think twice before doing anything,” he added, thus linking the recent events to the peace process in the region. “As you know, Iran uses Hamas in Gaza to trigger a limited war as a strategy to destroy the Abraham Accords in 2021. This is like Iran’s use of Hezbollah in Lebanon to trigger a limited war as a strategy to destroy the Cedars Revolution in 2006.”

Meanwhile, many others believe that Iran is not really following the Palestine matter as a solution, but as a deception.

 “Since taking power in 1979, the ayatollahs in Iran have openly shown its opposition to the Israeli state and viewed it as one of its main enemies,” Hiwa Bahrami, the PDKI`s head of foreign affairs, noted.

“The Iranian regime’s open and repeated threat to ‘wipe out Israeli off the map’ constitutes in fact one of their ideological pillars. However, this don’t mean that the Iranian regime is genuinely interested in supporting the Palestinian people and their cause. In fact, the Iranian regime is fundamentally opposed to the idea of democracy, self-determination, and human rights as understood in the civilized world and as defined in the charter of the United Nations.”

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Bahrami maintained that Iran is not only an enemy to Israel but also its own people: “The fact that the Iranian regime doesn’t believe in democracy, human rights and other core democratic values is also reflected in the regime’s hegemonic policies outside of Iran, in its exportation of the Islamic revolution, in its nuclear ambitions, and in other destructive policies of this regime during the past 41 years. For example, the external policies of the regime have resulted in the worsening of sectarian conflict, war, and terrorism, thus resulting in destruction and in a destabilizing influence in the Middle East region in particular. It has not escaped the international community’s attention that the Iranian regime openly supplies Hamas, Hezbollah and other similar groups in the region with missiles, drones, and training.”

He also thinks that Iran wants to divert public opinion from bigger issues: “Finally, it is important to highlight that the Islamic Republic is not an island of stability but rather it is the main source of instability and terrorism in the Middle East and elsewhere. Therefore, the current war is yet another proxy war of the Iranian regime against Israel through Hamas and other terrorist groups intended to destabilize the region and to divert attention away from their nuclear program and internal conflicts.”

Sirwan Mansouri, a Kurdish journalist based in the Middle East, believes that Hamas, the Islamic Jihad and other Iran-backed terrorist groups which are equipped by Iran`s regime to target Israel, are not so powerful as to be a real threat for Israel territory.  

“Iran’s regime told them to start launching rockets and other kinds of attacks in order to get an advantage and to bring the Palestine issue to the international arena as we saw recent days and shed crocodile tears to garner the world public opinion behind it, in order to put pressure on Israeli allies especially the US, particularly because the negotiations for rejoining the JCPOA is in progress.”

“The Israel-Palestine conflict is neither related to the past year nor the past decade,” Mansouri proclaimed, but “it got worse when the ideological regime of the Mullahs came into power in Iran. The important thing now is how to stop the Iran-backed terrorist groups once time and for all. The snake head is in Tehran and its tail moves from Gaza to Palestine and Syria and in the region, so Israel and its allies should target the snake head to put an end to this vicious circle.”

Mansouri offered a stark conclusion. “I think it is important for western countries especially the US and Europe not to appease this regime anymore, because in that case, there would be another Nazi regime, whose destruction will be quite costly… we have two clear choices, either to watch and wait till this regime obtains the atomic bomb and in that case, it will be the real threat to the world security, or, to bring down this regime by helping people inside the country to demolish this ideological and religious fundamentalist system and to replace it with a democratic and legitimate (alternative) who stands up for peace and democracy in the world.”

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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