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Iran “Slaps” Israel As Promised – Now What?  

Written by Michael Thervil  

Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati photo by Getty Images

Over the weekend, the world watched as Iran kept its promise to “slap” Israel in retaliation for their illegal bombing on an Iranian embassy within the borders of Syria that resulted in the deaths of their top military generals and commanders. Before Iran launched its counterattack on Israel, Iran also promised that their direct military response would be “proportionate” to the attack led by Israel's attack. Despite public celebrations happening across Iran, the irony is that many people feel that Iran's response was not enough, and a more devastating blow should’ve been dealt to Israel.   


It appears that Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati was in a really tight spot geopolitically because of the various moving parts that he had to both consider and maneuver through in order to make the decision on how and when to strike Israel. Issues such as optics and international perception, the high probability of widening the current West Asian conflict between Israel and Hamas to other regions and actors, and the possibility of escalating the price of oil and other commodities just to name a few.     


Iran's military slap to Israel was a well thought out action. When you examine the type of military equipment used by Iran, it should come as to no surprise that Iran wasn't seeking to totally destroy Israel. Instead, Iran sent not only a 72-hour verbal warning in advance to Israel notifying them of their retaliatory response, but Iran sent some of their slowest moving drones which they knew Israel and the Collective West could shoot down. In addition, Iran didn't deploy their supersonic missiles, instead they used more conventional rockets that Israel's iron dome could intercept. In short Iran only sought to send a dual message to Israel and the world. And that message was: “If we really want to, we can reach out and touch you”.   


Make no doubt about it that if Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati didn't launch a counter-offensive towards Israel, it would make both him and Iran look weak on the international stage and possibly give Israel another license to carry out even more attacks within Iran than they already have for decades. On the tail end of the Iranian counter, President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati stated that if there were to be any new aggression against Iran, it would be met with a “heavier and regrettable response”. This seems to be responsible on the part of Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati. Just what the heavier and regrettable response is – no one knows at this present time.     


However, what people do know around the world is that Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati did a pretty good job at responding to Israel's attack and not allowing themselves to get suckered into Israel's plans to entice them into a war, which would have brought the United States in by default. The truth may be that Iran doesn't want a war with Israel as they are focused on regional stability, and America doesn't want to go to war either and that is primarily because America can't afford it monetarily or militarily and it's an election year for American President Joe Bidden.   


On top of that, the expansion of war within West Asia would have devastating effects on the world economy. But there's just one thing: whether people want war or not, the unfortunate fact is that war will come anyway despite people not wanting it because of the escalatory measures by the United States and the Collective West in the region. The question now is, since Iran administered a “slap” to Israel – now what?

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