- Netanyahu said "Israel will take military action, at any time and any place if necessary."
- Ammunition headquarters and warehouses belonging to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants have been attacked three times in less than a month.
- Israel has expanded its airstrikes on Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and has focused on preventing the Islamic Republic's position in Syria from stabilizing.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tacitly endorsed his involvement in the attack on Islamic Republic-backed Hezbollah centers in Iraq, saying “Iran has no immunity, anywhere.” Netanyahu stressed that Israel would take military action whenever needed. Israel is believed to have conducted recent attacks on Iranian-backed predominantly Shiite militia bases and warehouses in Iraq known as Hashdal-Shaabi.
Netanyahu, who traveled to the Republic of Ukraine for a two-day trip, also stressed in his remarks yesterday in the capital, Kiev, said: “Israel will take military action, at any time and any place if necessary.” The Israeli prime minister added that Iranian officials continue to threaten destruction and are setting up military bases in the Middle East to achieve this goal. Netanyahu called the JCPOA nuclear deal a factor of “strengthening Iran’s offensive policy” in the region, saying, “We take action and we must take action where necessary.”
Hussein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that the United States was not interested in a war with Iran because “in Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and elsewhere there is power and the enemy knows that any new war may end up in the Zionist regime.” The Islamic Republic does not recognize the existence of the State of Israel, and in its governmental literature Israel is referred to as the “Zionist regime” or “occupation regime.”
Benjamin Netanyahu also referred indirectly to the “Iran threat” against Israel during a speech at the Babi Yar Monument near Kiev, a valley where tens of thousands of Jews were killed by German Nazis.”We need to stand up from deadly ideologies.”
Ammunition headquarters and warehouses belonging to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militants have been attacked three times in less than a month. Last August, news was released of an explosion at ammunition depots belonging to Hashd al-Sha’abi. Less than ten days earlier, two bases of the Iranian allied forces were attacked first in the Amerli area of Salah al-Din province and then in the Abu Mohammad al-Mohammedawi base (former Ashraf Camp) in Diyala province, Iraq.
So far no individuals or organizations have claimed responsibility for the attacks, and Israeli officials have been silent on Netanyahu’s words until yesterday. But some former Iraqi and Israeli officials, as well as unofficial sources in the two countries, have reported Israel’s links to the attacks. However, Iraqi and Iranian government officials have so far not officially spoken about Israel as the cause of the attacks. Israeli officials say Iran is working to transfer its missiles to Syria and Iraq as bases for attacking Israel.
The Israeli Times has cited foreign reports that Israel has expanded its airstrikes on Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and has focused on preventing the Islamic Republic’s position in Syria from stabilizing.