Iran in the Cross Hairs

Dr. Joseph Frager,

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Dr. Joseph Frager
The writer is a leading American pro-Israel activist who sponsors and coordinates many Zionist events. He is clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases) at the Einstein School of Medicine as well as a practicing physician.

Barring regime change, Iran continues to threaten the world. One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected was to deal with the bad deal agreed to by his predecessor. One of the main topics of conversation this week between the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the United States will be Iran. Both the Prime Minister and the President are in synch on this issue.

On January 29th the Iranians tested the "khoramshar" medium range missile (which could easily be equipped with a nuclear warhead). This was done to tease the Trump administration and test their resolve. On Feb.1st,  National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he was "officially putting Iran on notice".

He further said, "The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and which place American lives at risk." President Trump tweeted on Feb. 3rd, "Iran is playing with fire-they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!" Later that day new sanctions were slapped on Iran. Iran promptly thumbed its nose at the United States by firing a surface to air missile on Feb. 8th. The administration kept a low profile on this one. This suggests that the Trump Team is no longer interested in a war of words. It is time for action.

We have entered a new phase in a very short time. Defense Secretary James Mattis had said to reliable sources before the election that the number one, two and three threat to the world's stability was Iran. In his confirmation hearings he said he would honor the Iran Deal. The one person in the world Iran does not want to start up with is General Mattis. The same holds true for the President.

Perhaps, for internal reasons Iran wants to force the fight. From the U.S. perspective it is foolhardy. From the Iranian point of view they already received the 150 Billion dollar treasure trove from the Iran Deal, they have a delusional view of their own strength, and they think that a few protests against the President mean that his hands are tied. The latest missile launch by Iran put them in the cross hairs. If the United States attacks the nuclear reactors in Iran, then Israel will face a barrage of missiles from Iran's proxies Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south. Both will have to be dealt with by Israel. It may be an opportunity to once and for all finish the job. All actions will have to be coordinated between Israel and the United States. This was never possible with President Obama.

It is definitely realistic with President Trump. The meeting between the President and Prime Minister Netanyahu on Feb. 15th no doubt will discuss all of these issues.Barring regime change, Iran continues to threaten the world. One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected was to deal with the bad deal agreed to by his predecessor. One of the main topics of conversation this week between the Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the United States will be Iran. Both the Prime Minister and the President are in synch on this issue. On January 29th the Iranians tested the "khoramshar" medium range missile (which could easily be equipped with a nuclear warhead). This was done to tease the Trump administration and test their resolve.

On Feb.1st,  National Security Adviser Michael Flynn said he was "officially putting Iran on notice". He further said, "The Trump administration condemns such actions by Iran that undermine security, prosperity, and stability throughout and beyond the Middle East and which place American lives at risk." President Trump tweeted on Feb. 3rd, "Iran is playing with fire-they don't appreciate how "kind" President Obama was to them. Not me!" Later that day new sanctions were slapped on Iran. Iran promptly thumbed its nose at the United States by firing a surface to air missile on Feb. 8th. The administration kept a low profile on this one. This suggests that the Trump Team is no longer interested in a war of words. It is time for action. We have entered a new phase in a very short time.

Defense Secretary James Mattis had said to reliable sources before the election that the number one, two and three threat to the world's stability was Iran. In his confirmation hearings he said he would honor the Iran Deal. The one person in the world Iran does not want to start up with is General Mattis. The same holds true for the President. Perhaps, for internal reasons Iran wants to force the fight. From the U.S. perspective it is foolhardy. From the Iranian point of view they already received the 150 Billion dollar treasure trove from the Iran Deal, they have a delusional view of their own strength, and they think that a few protests against the President mean that his hands are tied.

The latest missile launch by Iran put them in the cross hairs. If the United States attacks the nuclear reactors in Iran, then Israel will face a barrage of missiles from Iran's proxies Hezbollah in the north and Hamas in the south. Both will have to be dealt with by Israel. It may be an opportunity to once and for all finish the job. All actions will have to be coordinated between Israel and the United States.

This was never possible with President Obama. It is definitely realistic with President Trump. The meeting between the President and Prime Minister Netanyahu on Feb. 15th no doubt will discuss all of these issues.