Iran Is at War with the U.S. But Does America Know It?

Gaza, however, is but one part of a much larger conflict. In December, the Israeli defense minister Yoav Gallant referred to the war with Iran taking place on seven fronts—the others being Lebanon, Syria, Judea and Samaria, Iraq, Yemen, and Iran. Seen from this perspective, it might be better to speak of a confrontation between Washington and Tehran, one which the former appears reluctant to want to acknowledge. The editors of the Washington Free Beacon write:

If the Biden administration has articulated one goal since Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel, it is to prevent the outbreak of a broader regional war. . . . As with so many of this administration’s foreign-policy initiatives, Iran had other ideas.

As Eli Lake details, the U.S.-Iran conflict has been going on for years, and claimed the lives of over 600 American servicemen in Iraq, and recently those of two navy SEALs in the Indian Ocean. The Free Beacon continues:

Any actual clear-eyed analysis would start and end with Iran, which has been waging a proxy war against the United States for decades. That includes during Barack Obama’s nuclear deal, when Iran took the pallets of cash it received and poured the money into its terror proxies throughout the Middle East. Now, as Iran wages a regional war, the Biden administration’s responses in Iraq and Yemen have been limited to the appendages of the Iranian hydra. To stem this conflict and prevent it from growing further, we must attack it straight on.

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More about: Gaza War 2023, Iran, Iraq war, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy

Hizballah Is Learning Israel’s Weak Spots

On Tuesday, a Hizballah drone attack injured three people in northern Israel. The next day, another attack, targeting an IDF base, injured eighteen people, six of them seriously, in Arab al-Amshe, also in the north. This second attack involved the simultaneous use of drones carrying explosives and guided antitank missiles. In both cases, the defensive systems that performed so successfully last weekend failed to stop the drones and missiles. Ron Ben-Yishai has a straightforward explanation as to why: the Lebanon-backed terrorist group is getting better at evading Israel defenses. He explains the three basis systems used to pilot these unmanned aircraft, and their practical effects:

These systems allow drones to act similarly to fighter jets, using “dead zones”—areas not visible to radar or other optical detection—to approach targets. They fly low initially, then ascend just before crashing and detonating on the target. The terrain of southern Lebanon is particularly conducive to such attacks.

But this requires skills that the terror group has honed over months of fighting against Israel. The latest attacks involved a large drone capable of carrying over 50 kg (110 lbs.) of explosives. The terrorists have likely analyzed Israel’s alert and interception systems, recognizing that shooting down their drones requires early detection to allow sufficient time for launching interceptors.

The IDF tries to detect any incoming drones on its radar, as it had done prior to the war. Despite Hizballah’s learning curve, the IDF’s technological edge offers an advantage. However, the military must recognize that any measure it takes is quickly observed and analyzed, and even the most effective defenses can be incomplete. The terrain near the Lebanon-Israel border continues to pose a challenge, necessitating technological solutions and significant financial investment.

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More about: Hizballah, Iron Dome, Israeli Security