Need to restrain
- Captured drone could trigger war
Feb 23, 2018-
This past weekend an Iranian drone that had penetrated Israeli airspace was shot down. Israel responded with an air strike on the facility in Syria that commanded the drone, but the mission cost Israel an F-16 fighter jet. It remains unclear what Iran was trying to do with its drone, but in a region forever torn by tension and suspicion, Israel’s swift and tough reaction was a foregone conclusion. The most worrisome aspect to this tit-for-tat exchange is that it could render the already dysfunctional Middle East much more volatile. No one can say that escalation in Iran-Israel hostilities was unexpected. Trouble has been brewing for years, and it mounted with Iran’s support for President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. Tehran has expanded its influence across the region to counter the grand designs of the United States and Saudi Arabia. Israel surely regards this expansion as coming too close to its border. Everyone in the region is better off avoiding major escalation. And because no one wants a wider war, the next logical step is to move towards a stable arrangement.
Published: 23-02-2018 08:24