It could spread across Syria and Lebanon. Israeli cities would be hit, as might strategic targets in Iran. In its initial stages, it would be Israeli air power against the long-range missile forces of Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.
It is a conflict that needs to be averted and the time to do it is now. However israel and Iran remain on a collision course.
Israel has long been wary of Iran’s growing influence in the region.
A low-level struggle has been under way for years in which the Israelis have sought to prevent sophisticated Iranian weaponry, such as long-range and anti-shipping missiles, being passed by Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Convoys have been intercepted and weapons stores bombed.
But the war in Syria has greatly increased the proximity of Iranian-backed forces to Israel’s borders.
In addition to its ally Hezbollah, a variety of Iranian militias have been active in the fighting, along with officers and advisers from the Revolutionary Guard Corps.
Iran’s strong support for the government of President Bashar al-Assad – along with…