This weekend, Stand for Israel kept you updated about violence along Israel's souther border - an attack on IDF troops that left four wounded and a terrorist rocket that hit an Israeli home. Are these incidents to Israel's south connected to equally disturbing occurrences a week before to the north? Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Charles Bybelezer says that the common denominator is Iran:
Connecting the dots between Saturday's conflagration with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and last weekend's flare-up along the northern border with Syria has many analysts drawing a direct line to Tehran.
The latest exchange began when an explosive device injured four Israeli soldiers—two seriously—who were investigating a suspicious flag along the border fence with the Palestinian enclave. That the bomb was attached to the object and remotely detonated only once the patrol neared confirms that it was a deliberate act aimed at causing mass casualties.
“This was a severe terrorist attack that has the potential to destabilize the region,” IDF Spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis affirmed, and, indeed, the incident prompted the most intense Israeli military response in Gaza since the 2014 war.
The IDF retaliated by striking a total of eighteen Hamas targets, including outposts, weapons manufacturing facilities and a subterranean tunnel intended to penetrate Israeli territory. A rocket fired overnight from the Strip into Israel hit a house in a southern community, causing limited damage and no injuries.
The conflagration comes exactly one week after a major altercation provoked by the penetration of Israeli airspace by an Iranian drone. In response, the IDF struck a dozen targets in Syria, destroying up to half of the country's air defense systems after an Israeli jet was downed by a barrage of surface-to-air missiles for the first time in three decades.
As the dust settles along the Syrian border, media reports claim that Hamas has conveyed to Israel through Egyptian intermediaries that it is not interested in a further escalation. But the terror group has become increasingly beholden to Iran, which has upped its financing to Gaza's rulers to shore up its influence over the territory...