[Ed. – Never a dull moment.]
The governments of Israel and Jordan have – separately – both voiced concern about the growing influence of Iran on their doorsteps, at a time when security experts warn that the defeat of ISIS could usher a dangerous new regional threat as Iran and its allies move into the vacuum left by the retreating Sunni terrorists.
The chief of the Mossad intelligence agency early this week briefed Israel’s cabinet about Iran’s expanding influence through proxies in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen, an evaluation summarized by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu as “ISIS out, Iran in.”
“Our policy is clear,” Netanyahu told a meeting in the coastal city of Ashdod after receiving the intelligence review from Mossad head Yossi Cohen.
“We strongly oppose the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, first and foremost Hezbollah in Syria, and we will do everything necessary to maintain Israel’s security.”
Cohen told the cabinet that Tehran, both directly and through its proxies, was “working to fill the void” in the region, left as ISIS loses territory in Syria and Iraq.