June 29, 2024 | Flash Brief

Iranian Mission to UN Threatens Israel With ‘Obliterating War’

June 29, 2024 | Flash Brief

Iranian Mission to UN Threatens Israel With ‘Obliterating War’

Latest Developments​

Iran will unleash its terrorist proxies around the Middle East in an “obliterating war” against Israel should the burgeoning conflict in Lebanon intensify into a full-scale war, the Iranian mission to the United Nations threatened in a post on X on June 28. The post dismissed as “psychological warfare” by the “Zionist regime” repeated Israeli warnings that it will escalate its operations against Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese proxy, in the absence of a diplomatic solution to the terrorist organization’s ongoing missile, drone, and loitering-munition attacks that have displaced over 60,000 residents of northern Israel. “All options, including the full involvement of all Resistance Fronts, are on the table,” the post emphasized.

Tehran uses such terminology for sub-national Shia and other terrorist militias that the Islamic Republic sponsors throughout the Middle East. These include groups in the Palestinian territories, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen that have all attacked Israel in support of the Hamas terrorists in Gaza who launched the current war with their massacre in Israel on October 7.

Expert Analysis​

“The words ‘all options are on the table’ are usually used by Israel and Western powers regarding a potential war of last resort to deny the Iranian regime nuclear weapons. Now, those words have been co-opted by the mullahs. If nothing else, this is a timely reminder of how much more chaotic the region would be if Iran’s proxies were unleashed under an Iranian nuclear umbrella.” Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO

“It’s high time that experts and policymakers revisit their assumptions about the role of Iran’s proxies in the region. These forces don’t just passively serve as an extended deterrence for the Islamic Republic. They are also actively carrying out the regime’s ideological mission through a cycle of violence that targets Israel and American interests in a bid to create a new regional order. The fact that the regime and its affiliates use the language of an axis here, and seem to have found military solutions in places the West claims there never was one, is also instructive.” — Behnam Ben Taleblu, FDD Senior Fellow

Latest Developments

War Between Israel And Hezbollah Drawing Closer, U.S. Says,” FDD Flash Brief

Hezbollah’s Missiles And Growing Military Might Are A True Threat,” by Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran-Backed Iraqi Militia Threatens To Strike US Interests Should Israel Attack Lebanon,” by Bill Roggio and Janatan Sayeh

Losses mount in Lebanon for Islamic Jihad’s Syrian branch,” by Joe Truzman

Issues:

Hezbollah Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran-backed Terrorism Israel Israel at War Lebanon