web analytics
March 3, 2015 / 12 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Iran Looks To Make Syria Regional Bulwark Against Israel

Map-Syria-Israel-051713

The recent Israeli air strikes on Syria – which have neither been confirmed nor denied by Israeli officials – targeted weapons depots allegedly storing Iranian-made weapons intended for the Lebanese terrorist organization Hizbullah.

While the transfer of high-grade weapons may pose a direct threat to Israel’s security, there are greater questions about a tectonic shift in the balance of power in the Middle East.

“Iran has been exerting increasing influence across the region, in countries including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and even in the Gulf States, such as Kuwait and Bahrain,” said Israel Defense Forces Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dr. Shimon Shapira.

Shapira, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs (JCPA), recently published a report detailing Iranian intentions to partner with Hizbullah in order to effectively grab control of Syria. The report cites coordination at the highest levels between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Hizbullah.

“Syria is the bridge between Iran and Lebanon,” Shapira said.

According to the JCPA report, “Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah paid a secret visit to Tehran where he met with top Iranian officials headed by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Gen. Qasem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.”

The leaders discussed an operational plan that includes the “establishment of a 150,000-man force for Syria.”

The tactical coordination is the latest manifestation of a long-established Iranian pattern of expansionist foreign policy – a principle outlined in the Iranian constitution. Since the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iran has been tangibly extending its influence across the region by force, particularly during periods of civil turmoil.

“Iran created Hizbullah in the summer of 1982,” Shapira noted. “This was a strategic decision to export the revolution to the Arab world.”

According to Shapira, Iran was able to establish influence in Lebanon partly because both are Shiite-majority states with similar religious views. Perhaps more important, Iran was taking advantage of long-term instability plaguing Lebanon during a 15-year civil war.

Decades later, following the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, multiple insurgencies against U.S. troops were led by the Quds Force, an elite division of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Numerous experts have cited growing Iranian influence in Iraq, another unstable Middle Eastern nation with a sizable Shiite population.

Today, Iran is attempting to take advantage of a similar crisis in Syria.

“We can now say there are over 1,000 Hizbullah fighters operating in Syria,” Shapira said. And Iran is recruiting Shiite fighters in Iraq to go to Syria.

Tens of thousands of Syrians have been killed since the start of the country’s civil war in 2011. As the Alawite regime of Bashar al-Assad strains to retain power, radical Sunni opposition groups, including elements of al Qaeda, are seeking to take control.

“The Iranians are afraid that if the Sunni radicals will achieve a victory, this will affect the Sunni balance of power in Iraq and the Gulf,” Shapira said.

Iran is attempting to take control of Syria to further entrench itself as the primary power broker of an empowered Shiite Crescent that includes Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Bahrain, and even parts of eastern Saudi Arabia.

To do this, Iran needs the help of its most trusted proxy, Hizbullah, which has committed a laundry list of global terror attacks but at the same time works to assert greater civil and even political control, as seen in Lebanon.

“Hizbullah has two wings with one head,” Shapira said. “One wing, the civilian wing, takes care of the population. This includes clinics, pharmacies, schools, and youth movement organizations. This wing functions to support the second wing: the military wing.”

According to Shapira, the military wing has two divisions. The first is a militia, widely considered to be an organic arm of the Iranian army. The militia’s primary aim has been to fight Israel, though now much of its attention is focused on Syria. The other arm is the terrorist organization, which has committed some of the world’s deadliest terror attacks and hijackings, most notably the killing of 299 American and French servicemen in nearly simultaneous truck bombings in Beirut in 1982.

Hizbullah was also involved in deadly attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in Buenos Aires in the 1990s and, most recently, a suicide bombing in 2012 targeting Israeli passengers at the Burgas Airport in Bulgaria.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Iran Looks To Make Syria Regional Bulwark Against Israel”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
U.S. President Barack Obama at White House Press Briefing.
Obama Says ‘Give Iran Talks a Chance; Israel Safer Than Ever
Latest News Stories
Spilled Milk

PA President Mahmoud Abbas is making sure PA children will go without milk and the parents forced to ration what little milk they have.

U.S. President Barack Obama at White House Press Briefing.

US President Barack Obama contends Israel is “safer today than ever before,” says give Iran talks a chance.

ISIS/Daesh seized control of the Syrian border town of Quneitra temporarily towards the end of August 2014.

Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is threatening to kill the founder of Twitter and his employees because they are blocking tweets from Daesh, known also as ISIS.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Dec. 30, 2014.

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power tells AIPAC on Monday that America “will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon. Period.”

“Today, we are no longer silent; today, we have a voice. Tomorrow, as prime minister of the only Jewish state, I plan to use that voice.”

Former Consul Alon Pinkas charges Prime Minister Netanyahu is “injecting Israel into the American political arena – he loves doing that.”

Former Israel Ambassador to the UN Dore Gold says PM Netanyahu’s speech to Congress “will have substance no one has heard before.”

Want to know who are the Bibicotters and how you can tell them what you think?

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a packed room at AIPAC on Monday the US-Israel alliance is “sound.” But on Iran: “No one makes alliances with the weak,” he warned.

IDF soldiers, reservists and local security units participated in a massive training drill in the town of Efrat, Gush Etzion, reenacting an infiltration of terrorists into the settlement, on March 02, 2015. The IDF’s central command called a surprise training exercise in the West Bank to test reservists’ alertness and to prepare for the possibility […]

I’m not going to get into timetables. It will happen.

American like Netanyahu by a 2-1 margin, with Obama probably in the minority.

Girls, ages 10-13, from Efrat in Gush Etzion will square off against girls from the Galilee Arab village Sakhnin tonight in a playoff game that will determine which group will advance to the semi-finals in the girls’ league. “We are involved with soccer and not politics,” one of the Efrat girls said. “We really want […]

Jew Wars: Episode 7 – Revenge of the White House

The suspect denied he knew he was sending Hamas material that could be used to kill him and his neighbors.

More Articles from Alex Traiman
Prime Minister Netanyahu

On Monday, the Zionist Organization of America responded to Jewish-organizational critics of the Netanyahu speech, calling out those organizations in a press release and saying, “The United States Congress is discussing the Iran situation now. Prime Minister Netanyahu must speak now….

Obama and Netanyahu

The leaking of information on an Israeli air strike in Syria and a growing divergence in approach to Iran sanctions have accentuated the Obama administration’s differences with the Israeli government.

Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, Knesset members are debating the merits of the peace process and the two-state solution paradigm.

Secretary of State John Kerry has many in Israel wondering if the U.S. has its foreign policy priorities straight, particularly in the Middle East.

The recent Israeli air strikes on Syria – which have neither been confirmed nor denied by Israeli officials – targeted weapons depots allegedly storing Iranian-made weapons intended for the Lebanese terrorist organization Hizbullah.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/iran-looks-to-make-syria-regional-bulwark-against-israel/2013/05/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: