April 24, 2023 | Foreign Podicy

Israel’s Little Fires Everywhere

April 24, 2023 Foreign Podicy

Israel’s Little Fires Everywhere


The Islamic Republic of Iran makes no effort to conceal its desire to wipe Israel off the map. Just this week, leaders called for the elimination of two major Israeli cities: Tel Aviv and Haifa. The regime in Tehran deploys a wide range of tools and proxies to achieve this end. The result was a series of low-level conflagrations over the course of the last several weeks, with Iranian proxies routinely attacking Israel both inside and just beyond its borders:

  • In Lebanon, Iran-backed Hezbollah fired more than forty rockets at Israel.
  • In Syria, the Iranian regime has deployed Shiite militias and military installations that Israel strikes with regularity.
  • In the West Bank, longstanding terror groups (and, now, some new ones) continue to attack Israel. The Palestinian Authority has essentially lost control, making the West Bank even more lawless and dangerous. Iran seeks to exploit this chaos.
  • In Gaza, the Hamas terrorist group routinely fires salvos of rockets into Israel — including about three dozen very recently.
  • All of this has been happening during the holy month of Ramadan, a period in which every year Iran has worked to stoke tensions and incite violence. This year has been no exception, with rioters at the Temple Mount throwing rocks and shooting fireworks at police.

Little fires everywhere. That’s what the Israeli Defense Forces saw this month. And from all appearances, the IDF has snuffed all of them out.

But there are no permanent victories in the Middle East — only permanent battles.

To discuss, FDD Senior Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer (filling in for host Cliff May) is joined by Brigadier General Jacob Nagel. He’s the former acting Israeli National Security Advisor under Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu. He’s also a Senior Fellow at FDD.


Arab Politics Hezbollah Iran Iran Global Threat Network Iran Missiles Iran-backed Terrorism Israel Jordan Lebanon Palestinian Politics Syria