- Are Trump And Netanyahu Plotting War Against Iran?
by Bill Van Auken, https://www.wsws.org/en
A massive US-backed Israeli airstrike in Syria and a flurry of anti-Iranian measures introduced by the US State Department over the past week have fed growing concerns that the Trump administration may still launch a war against Iran during the week leading up to the scheduled inauguration of Democratic President-elect Joe Biden.
Israeli warplanes struck multiple targets between the city of Deir Ezzor and the town Bukamal near a major border crossing with Iraq on Tuesday. It was the fourth round of Israeli airstrikes against Syria in the last two weeks, but by far the largest.
Reports from the region indicate that this was the most punishing attack carried out by the Israelis since Tel Aviv began air strikes in conjunction with the CIA-orchestrated war for regime change in Syria that began nearly a decade ago. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Tuesday’s raids killed 57 people, including Syrian government soldiers and members of Iranian-backed militias, while wounding another 37.
While Israel routinely refuses to confirm or deny responsibility for these attacks, Tuesday’s airstrikes were also different in that a “senior US intelligence official,” speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that Israel had carried out the raid based on intelligence provided by Washington.
Moreover, according to the AP report, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the planned airstrikes while dining Monday night with Yossi Cohen, chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, at the posh Georgetown restaurant, Cafe Milano.