Ehud Yaari is a Lafer International Fellow at The Washington Institute.
Articles & Testimony
By supporting Hamas’s operation, the Islamic Republic managed to subvert a broad emerging Arab-Israel partnership—but Israeli success in destroying the group’s military capabilities could turn the tables.
Iran’s leaders seem to have concluded that the objectives of the October 7 attack – which they encouraged Hamas to undertake—were achieved in a manner that surpassed their expectations. They apparently see no need to sacrifice their most valued asset (Lebanon’s Hizbullah) in the next stage of the war. Therefore, Iran is now bent on trying to avoid getting Hizbullah, and its own forces, involved in a full-blown war with Israel. The dramatic reinforcement of the U.S. military presence in the region is certainly contributing to their concerns...