WASHINGTON, (BM) – The Middle East crisis is deepening amid recent Israeli attacks on an Iranian cargo ship two days ago off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea. The American publication Axios claims that Israeli actions could lead to a political crisis in Washington and new military confrontations with Tehran.
The reason for this assumption may be the time during which the attacks took place, namely the “nuclear meeting” between the United States and Iran in the Austrian capital Vienna. Not surprisingly, at the time, the Pentagon was quick to issue statements that the United States had nothing to do with the attacked Iranian ship. US authorities later used the New York Times to claim that Israel carried out the attacks.
The Israeli government “half-heartedly” admits to the attacks. This silence could be a severe problem for current US-Iranian nuclear diplomacy. Perhaps, for this reason, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Tel Aviv on Sunday, with the meeting’s main topic being the escalation of tensions in the region.
We remind you that Israel and Iran have been attacking each other’s cargo ships in recent years. Iran transports oil to Syria, which Tel Aviv does not like. At the same time, Tehran attacked two Israeli boats off the coast of the Persian Gulf. It is alleged that two days ago, Israel retaliated precisely because of these attacks.
What happened two days ago?
Israel hit an Iranian cargo ship in the Red Sea, as AFP reported. According to the agency, the Iranian boat suffered minor damage in the explosion. The news was confirmed by the Iranian Foreign Ministry today, Wednesday, April 7.
“Fortunately, no casualties were reported… and technical investigations are underway,” Khatibzadeh said. “Our country will take all necessary measures through international authorities.” The attacked Iranian ship is MV Saviz, and the explosion took place off the coast of Djibouti around 6 am local time on Tuesday.
According to an Iranian source, the ship came across a field of magnetic mines. At the same time, Israel has officially acknowledged that it has notified Washington. The anonymous US official said Israel called the strike a retaliation, and that the ship had been hit below the water line.
Israel has no practice of confirming such actions. Tel Aviv only confirms attacks, airstrikes, and military actions resulting from revenge after an Israeli territory attack, as in this case is.
Israeli-Iranian proxy war / cold war
Communication between Israel and Iran is mostly threatening and hostile. Such has been the relationship between the two countries for a very long time. This situation is known as the proxy conflict, the proxy war, or the Cold War between the two countries.
The conflict “appeared” on the world map after the Iranian revolution in 1979. In all the years to this day, Iran aims to destroy Israel as a state. Tehran supports groups and organizations that are hostile to the Jewish state and people. On the other hand, Israel is worried about Iran’sIran’s nuclear program. The proximity of the two countries worries Tel Aviv that Iranians could use them against Israel if Iran has nuclear weapons. Israel also finds its allies in the face of the United States and Saudi Arabia, which are apparent opponents of Iran.
Thus, this conflict gradually turned into an Israeli-Iranian war. The competition has been going on since the start of the Syrian civil war. According to Iran, Israel rules by an illegitimate “Zionist regime,” a Tehran problem. Iran’sIran’s other point of reference is that the United States is hostile to Muslims because it supports Israel.
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