Nonstop Israeli Sabre-Rattling All About Their Fear of Iranian Military Superiority, Drone & Missile Technology the Gamechanger


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Nonstop Israeli Sabre-Rattling All About Their Fear of Iranian Military Superiority, Drone & Missile Technology the Gamechanger

Israel general warns it is approaching ‘level of war’ with Iran as tensions rage

Brigadier General Dror Shalom said ‘we are starting to approach the level of war’ and its “only a matter of time”

By Henry Holloway, Chief Reporter
Daily Star

An Israeli general has warned the “level of war” is approaching with Iran as tensions rage in the Middle East.

Brigadier General Dror Shalom issued the dire assessment of the situation as the war of words rages between the US, Saudi Arabia and Iran.

He also warned Islamic Republic is also capable of attacking them with cruise missiles.

General Shalom said it is “only a matter of time” until the Iranians try to strike at Israel.

Iran is known to have proxy forces throughout the Middle East aimed at destabilising the region to assert the regime’s power.

Tensions have exploded after the Iranians are accused of launching missiles and using drones to attack oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Iran is believed to have attacked Saudi Arabia (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Tehran denies any involvement, but the US have told them they are “locked and loaded” despite insisting he doesn’t want another Gulf War.

General Shalom singled out Major General Qassem Soleimani as the mastermind of the assault on Saudi Arabia – and a potential attack on Israel.

Soleimani is the commander of the so-called Quds Force, who manage the Iranian “proxies” across the Middle East.

“In the end, when he [Soleimani] takes a hit to the nose, he wants to hit back, and he has taken some blows recently,” the general said.

“So my working assumption is that it’s only a matter of time until he tries.”

Iranian boats have been accused of harassing shipping in the Gulf (Image: via REUTERS)

General Shalom said: “We’re living in a much more complicated reality, which is only getting worse.

“We are starting to approach the level of war.”

He added Israel – one of the US’s biggest allies in the Middle East – is approaching a “grey area” with Iran.

The commander said he feels “a lot less easy” and questioned whether their intelligence services could correctly predict an attack from Iran.

“We’re in a dangerous round with Iran, and we need to keep a strong grip on the wheel,” he said, reports Israel Hayom.

Iranian troops on the march (Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

General Shalom warned about the capabilities of Iran’s cruise missiles and drones.

He said Iranian drones could fly more than 600 miles to strike at the across the Gulf.

And the commander raised concerns of progress of Tehran’s nuclear program, which Iran claims is simply for energy purposes not for weapons.

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani salutes his troops (Image: via REUTERS)

Iranian-allied Houthi rebels were initially blamed for the attack on the Aramco oil plants in Saudi Arabia, but the accusations have such shifted to single out Iran.

The attacks knocked out 5.7 million barrels of daily oil production for Saudi Arabia, or more than 5% of the world’s daily crude production.

Fears of a third Gulf War have flared since the US cancelled the so-called nuclear deal, exchanging reduced sanctions for a commitment for Iran not to develop nuclear weapons.

Donald Trump at the UN this weekend (Image: REUTERS)

US President Donald Trump’s administration has now reimposed crushing sanctions, which have led to a series of clashes in the Middle East.

Britain’s foreign secretary Dominic Raab said the UK Government has also concluded Iran was behind the attack on Saudi Arabia.

He called for Iran to “come in from the cold” and start abiding by the terms of the nuclear deal.

Rabb said: “Ultimately, we need a longer-term framework that provides greater certainty over Iran’s nuclear programme.

“And, as the attacks on Aramco demonstrates, we must also bring into scope Iran’s wider destabilising activities.”

Dominic Raab also pointed the finger at Iran (Image: PA)

Yesterday, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters at the UN that the US wanted “a peaceful resolution with the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

He said the US wants “a peaceful resolution with the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

And French president Emmanuel Macron attempted to broker a meeting between Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani and Trump.

Rouhani however refused to meet with the US President as long as sanctions remain in place.