(Persia Digest) – Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq believes: “By striking targets in Iraq and Syria, Israel intends to provoke Iran to act according to its designs for us.”
Israeli jets have repeatedly attacked Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi and Syrian military targets and bases in Iraq and Syria in recent weeks. Israeli officials announced yesterday that they have also targeted Iranian forces in Syria.
What is the purpose of Israel's actions and why is Tehran not responding?
Former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq, Hassan Danayifar, told Persia Digest in an interview: “The Israeli regime’s formation and continuation was based on aggression and its military strikes in Iraq and Syria violate these countries’ sovereignty from a legal viewpoint.”
He added: “Whether the targets in Syria and Iraq are the positions of the IR of Iran is disputable. Israeli authorities believe they are attacking Iranian bases, but this is certainly not so; these are the positions of Al-Hashd Al-Shaabi forces which are a branch of Iraq’s armed forces. Certain Iranian advisors may, however, be present in the positions struck in Syria.”
The analyst of international affairs reiterated: “Israel intends to escalate the situation and drag the Islamic Republic into its trap. But Iran must avoid such a game with its experiences of how this regime operates. Iran and the resistance forces are well aware of Israeli provocations and will respond accordingly at the right time in the right place.”
Answering to the question of whether Israel’s attempts at détente with the Arabs and its presence in Oman, Iraq, the UAE, etc, is similar to being present in Iran’s backyard, Danayifar said: “Terms such as “backyard” cannot describe current realities. If such terms are to be used, it can be said that the entire Middle East is Iran’s backyard.”
The former Iranian Ambassador to Iraq continued: “Nations are supported by their people, and the people of the Middle East and the Arab world look upon Israel as a foreign entity; only some authorities in a number of Arab states are attempting to normalize relations with Israel at great cost. However, when an Iraqi diplomat proposed normalization, he received a general negative response in his country and the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs had to issue a statement. Therefore, Israel's actions in the Middle East are opposed and rejected by nations in the region."