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Experts: Drone Incursion Shows that Israeli-Iranian Status Quo is Unsustainable

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran
12th February 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

The incursion on an Iranian drone into Israeli airspace and the subsequent Israeli response on Saturday show that Israel considers Iran’s efforts “to consolidate their strategic position” in Syria and Lebanon to threaten the Jewish state, are “unsustainable,” two experts on the Middle East in an op-ed published Sunday in The Wall Street Journal.

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Jonathan Schanzer, the executive vice president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Tony Badran, a research fellow at FDD, characterized the downing of the drone after it entered Israeli airspace and the subsequent attacks by the Israeli Air Force against targets in Syria as “the most significant clash to date between Israel and the so-called Axis of Resistance—Iran, Syria’s Assad regime and Hezbollah—since Iran began deploying soldiers and proxies to Syria six years ago.”

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Schanzer and Badran noted that Iran has been using the cover of  “chaos” resulting from Syria’s civil war to “to build up military assets there that target Israel, all the while sending advanced weaponry to Lebanon by way of Damascus, also under the fog of war.” Israel has not been sitting still and launched numerous attacks into Syria, targeting Iranian arms shipments to Hezbollah, but “had never entered Syria with the kind of overwhelming force seen on Saturday morning.”

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The best way for the U.S. to do this, Schanzer and Badran conclude, is to ” back Israel’s responses to Iran’s aggression—now and in the future.”

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