Iran and its Regional Proxies: the Rising Threat of War : Israel at War – Jerusalem Studio 867

Except for its failed April 14 missile and drone attack, Iran has been careful to conduct its war against Israel only through proxies. In the West, Hamas. In the North, Hezbollah. In the East, Iraqi Shiite militias. In the South, Yemen’s Houthis.
This has been a low-risk strategy for Tehran, but it does have one serious flaw - casualties and escalation are not under any party’s control, and Israel may decide to regain the initiative and hit Iran directly and much more powerfully than it did in mid-April.
Is the threat of war rising, on the Lebanese front and even regionally? To analyze the prospects and implications of this, we are joined by :
- Host : Jonathan Hessen : Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute
- Editor at Large : Amir Oren : Host of Watchmen Talk and Powers in Play
- Dr. Rafael Bardaji : former Spanish National Security Advisor and CEO of World Wide Strategy
- BG (Ret.) Mark Kimmitt : former US Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs

  • Published: June 18, 2024
  • Duration: 28 min

Jerusalem Studio

The program offers the viewer deeper understanding about current events in Israel. The topics vary from domestic and foreign policy to social changes, archaelogy and religion.
The program is hosted by TV7 Israel News anchor Jonathan Hessen.


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