By Anna Ahronheim, Jerusalem Post—
Israel has seemingly upped its “war-between-wars” (MAMBAM) campaign against Iran in Syria as the country’s top officer warns that the IDF is accelerating its plans to deal with Iran’s nuclear program.
At least seven airstrikes targeting Iranian and Shi’ite militias have been blamed on Israel in the past month alone, the most recent one on Monday in the Homs province as well as targets belonging to the regime of Bashar Assad and to Iranian militias in the northwestern coastal city of Tartus.
Last week Israel was blamed for an airstrike targeting a military post on the outskirts of Damascus, and last October five people were killed in another alleged Israeli airstrike in a rare daytime strike outside Damascus.
While Israel may be taking advantage of the unusually clear skies during a season where there are usually heavy clouds, it also comes weeks before Iran and the West are set to return to the negotiating table in Vienna.
The indirect talks are being brokered by the European Union and aim to bring Washington and Tehran back into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the formal title of the Iran nuclear deal, that the United States left under former president Donald Trump. Continue Reading…