Israel has carried out a massive multilateral military exercise that simulates enemy attacks across its tense, controversial borders as the tensions between its supreme allies, the United States and the arch-enemy in Iran are approaching crisis forces.
The exercise, which was focused on the country's northern, not far from controversial borders with Lebanon and Syria, two countries that Israel has accused of Iran's allies from firing rockets – was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu . The leader, who also serves as Defense Minister, spoke with participating troops from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and issued a warning to those who threatened his country.
"I am completing a larger, multi-corps IDF exercise in several areas. I am very impressed with the improvement in readiness, of the soldiers 'and commanders' fighting spirit, and especially of IDF's destructive power," Netanyahu said.
"I hear our neighbors from the north, south and east threaten our destruction. I say to our enemies: the IDF has very great devastating power. Do not test us," he added.
In a report published Tuesday to the Israeli military's official website, the exercise was described as "unique" because it "involved full co-operation between the air force and the ground forces" which "reached the highest level of cooperation owned the last decade. "No name was given to the imagined opponent, but the report described" a thinking, challenging and responsive enemy of technologies and capabilities beyond today's arena. "Last month Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian Sunni Islamist groups such as Hamas managed to avoid a full-scale conflict last month after the earlier performed several smells and the latter shot rockets of rockets.
Israel's only other Neighbor except Lebanon and Syria is Jordan, which was the second and last Arab country to make peace with the world's only majority Jewish sh state. The first to do so was Egypt, which is beyond Gaza.
I Today, Israel considers its primary contenders to be Iran-adapted Shiite Muslim groups such as the Lebanese Hezbollah movement. Israel has fought two wars with Hezbollah, both of which involved Israeli invasions in Lebanon and ultimately ended with Israeli withdrawal after vicious attacks. recent terminations with the group and other Iranian supporters have taken place in Syria.
Iran and its regional partners has supported the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against a 2011 rebel and jihad stand that received assistance from the United States and Middle Eastern allies such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for years. Israel supported Syrian opposition forces until they were largely defeated last summer by the government, which was supported by both Iran and Russia. However, Israel has continued to implement air pollution semi-regularly against targets suspected of being associated with Iran in Syria. While Moscow opposed this campaign, Russian officials have to meet with Israeli and American counterparts in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss potential joint security initiatives.
The United States, which had troops in both Syria and Iraq, also sees Iran's regional presence as a threat. President Donald Trump's administration has accused Tehran of attempting to target Washington's interests in the region as part of a policy announced mainly by the White House, National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
The situation grew particularly deeply on Thursday as two foreign tankers were damaged in Oman Bay, the second such series of attacks for so many months against commercial oil vessels in the waterway connecting the Gulf of Persia with the Hormuz Strait, through which over a third of The world's maritime oil traffic passes.
While both American and Iranian personnel have been in total rescue teams in response to the incident, the Pentagon has officially accused Tehran of the attacks – along with recent rocket attacks on Iraqi bases with US military presence charges Iranian leaders have vehemently denied and even Washington's allies expressed skepticism.
U.S. The central command appointed a terrorist organization of Iran after the Trump administration had marked the revolutionary guards with a similar title-first released cereal Friday, claiming to display the elite Iranian force that removed an unexploded limpet mine from one of the infested ships. The Pentagon then released another series of clearer images, which it further claimed, showed that Iran was associated with the incident.
Iran has argued that the United States is behind destabilizing movements in the region, especially since Trump last year withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement, whereby Tehran agreed to curb nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions. Israel and Saudi Arabia were among the few international voices supporting the US exit, but the other signatories of the agreement – China, the EU, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom – have continued to do so.
Tehran continued to back the agreement but recently announced that it would soon exceed levels of uranium enrichment laid down in collective agreements, since European powers have not lived up to their own obligations to normalize trade relations with the Islamic Republic under threat US sanctions. While Iran has always refused to seek nuclear weapons, and the International Atomic Energy Agency has repeatedly checked its compliance with the nuclear agreement, Israel has contested this.
First, Israel was believed to have nuclear weapons of its own although it has not officially confirmed or denied possession of such weapons.