By Attacking Saudi Arabia, Iran Has Taken a Step Beyond Proxy Warfare

When the Iran-backed Yemenite Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attack on Saudi oil facilities, the claim at first seemed credible, as the Houthis have previously used drones against the Saudis. But further investigation suggests that Iran attacked the oil fields itself, with cruise missiles launched from its own territory, likely alongside drones. Dore Gold points to a single reason why the Islamic Republic would move from conducting a proxy war with Saudi Arabia to more direct conflict: the ayatollahs have not yet encountered retaliation, and they will continue to escalate until they do. (Video, 8 minutes. Text available at the link below.)

 

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While Islamic Jihad Launches Rockets at Israel, Hamas Faces a Dilemma

Nov. 13 2019

On November 1, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), an Iran-backed terrorist group based in the Gaza Strip, launched a barrage of rockets at nearby towns in Israel. The IDF responded by striking military targets in the Strip and, yesterday, in the wee hours of the morning, killed Baha Abu al-Ata, one of PIJ’s senior commanders. The terrorist group responded by launching some 200 rockets over the course of the day, sending Israelis to bomb shelters not just in the immediate vicinity of Gaza but also in the center of the country and as far north as Tel Aviv. Khaled Abu Toameh analyzes the political calculations of both PIJ and Hamas:

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