A political commentator has reacted to the retaliatory attack on an Israeli-managed petroleum products tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea, stressing that the resistance front will not allow the Tel Aviv regime to commit crimes with impunity.
“The Axis of Resistance won't permit Israelis to commit any crimes without retaliation, whether from Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, Iran or elsewhere. They (Israeli officials) have to understand that resistance forces can reach them anywhere,” Beirut-based Mohsen Saleh said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday.
He underlined that the Israeli regime is engaged in a campaign doomed to failure against the resistance bloc, describing Israeli attacks on Syrian territory and the Iraqi-Syrian border as well as assassination attempts against Iranians as desperate attempts.
Saleh went on to say that the balance of power is tipped in favor of the resistance front.
“They have to re-calculate their existence or hostilities against resistance groups and factions, whether in Lebanon, Syria or Iraq. All these groups are really willing to counterattack or retaliate against Israel’s acts of aggression,” he pointed out.
The analyst stressed that Israeli authorities have realized that their attacks, normalization agreements with some Arab countries, besides support from the United States and certain European countries, would not be beneficial as resistance fighters can target them anywhere.
He noted that the resistance front can now outdo Israel both at political and military levels.
Saleh said retaliatory rocket and missile attacks by Gaza-based Palestinian resistance attacks against Israeli-occupied territories during last May’s Operation al-Quds Sword, and attacks on Israeli vessels are clear examples of such a fact.
The analyst also scoffed at Israeli alternate prime minister and foreign minister Yair Lapid’s allegations blaming Iran for the attack on the tanker off Oman.
“Israelis can't deny their crimes against Iranian scientists and nuclear facilities, besides attacks on resistance groups stationed on the Iraqi-Syrian border. They have already declared a campaign against the Axis of Resistance, Iran, [Lebanese resistance movement] Hezbollah, Iraqis, Syrians, Yemenis and Palestinians,” he said.
Saleh concluded that the Israeli regime has understood its hostile actions will not go unanswered anymore as opposed to the past, when it could strike Arab lands and Arabs would rush to dance to the regime’s tune.
The Mercer Street, a Liberian-flagged, Japanese-owned ship, came under attack about 152 nautical miles (280 km) northeast of the Omani port of Duqm on Thursday, according to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which provides maritime security information.
In a statement on Friday, Zodiac Maritime, the Israeli-owned firm managing the oil tanker, claimed that two crewmen, a Briton and a Romanian, had been killed in the assault.
In recent months, several other Israeli ships have come under apparent attacks on various maritime routes across the world.
Earlier this month, a fire broke out on an Israeli-owned cargo ship after it was struck by an “unidentified weapon” in the northern Indian Ocean.
Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television network said at the time that the Israeli vessel had been on route to the coast of the UAE when it was attacked.
The attacks come against a backdrop of the Israeli regime’s various assaults on cargo ships across the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere.