Stand for Israel has kept you up-to-date – and we’ll continue to keep you updated – on the Iranian nuclear deal. But the Islamic Republic’s ongoing push for the bomb is not the only troubling matter. Writing at the Gatestone Institute, Yaakov Lappin says that while Iran would have the West believe it is a partner, in actuality, its aggression across the Middle East shows otherwise:
The international community is failing to respond to Iran’s weapons and terrorism networks.
In recent years, Iran’s networks have been expanding significantly, most often with deadly results for the region.
While Iran’s nuclear program is the focus of intense global attention, the international community frequently overlooks the sophisticated Iranian transnational weapons smuggling and terrorism networks, currently fueling wars and instability across the Middle East.
Weapons ships disguised as cargo vessels, Iranian airlines that carry arms, and ground convoys ferrying missiles, rockets, guns, and ammunition are all used to arm members of Iran’s regional network…
Nowhere is Iranian intervention more evident than in Syria, where Iran has acted as the Assad regime’s life support system, helping to fuel a conflict that has killed more than 250,000 people and created more than seven million refugees.
Iran views the Assad regime as a key regional base, and a strategic bridge to its chief proxy: Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Iran’s support for Assad enables this conflict, the most deadly in the world just now, to roll on month after month. That conflict, in turn, is what has directly led to the mushrooming of radical Sunni groups, especially the Islamic State.
Iran’s Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, the most heavily armed terrorist entity in the world, is fighting shoulder-to-shoulder with the Assad regime’s forces. Together with Iran, Hezbollah has been trying to set up terrorist bases in southern Syria in order to initiate cross-border attacks on Israel.
Tehran has not only been using its Quds Force network to send guided missiles and rockets to Hezbollah in southern Lebanon; it has also been paying Hamas tens of millions of dollars to continue digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel, for use in future cross-border attacks to murder and kidnap Israelis.
Iran’s agenda is clear. It wishes to use its growing regional network to control the region, and use its proxies to indirectly attack any countries that stand in its way — all the while portraying itself as a reasonable partner for the U.S. and the West in the war against the Islamic State.