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Israeli submarine on heavily discouraged op potentially targeting Iran

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
File photo of an Israeli Dolphin-class submarine

An Israeli submarine has reportedly entered the Red Sea, where it could pass through the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and head towards the Persian Gulf, in a heavily discouraged mission potentially meant against Iran.

Reports published on Tuesday said the Dolphin-class submarine had “secretly” entered the Red Sea via the Suez Canal on the previous Wednesday (August 4).

Two Israeli destroyers crossed the canal on the same day, apparently escorting the submarine.

The move came after an attack on an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman earlier in the month and attempts by the regime and its allies, the United States and the UK, to accuse the Islamic Republic of involvement in the incident. Tehran has vehemently rejected the claims.

This is not the first time, when the Israeli regime is trying to take malign actions to target the region in the aftermath of the attack. 

Also on August 4, it was reported that the regime’s spy agency Mossad had transferred state-of-the-art cyber sabotage units to the United Arab Emirates in order to interfere with the regional air and maritime navigation. Doing so, Tel Aviv could give rise to some uncalled-for incidents that could stoke potential misunderstanding among the regional states and force them into likely conflict.

Reports about the submarine mission came amid ongoing strong warnings urging the regime not to try to challenge Iran in the waters and the contiguous Sea of Oman given the Islamic Republic’s military superiority there.

One such caution was delivered by former Israeli air force general and the regime’s ex-military attaché to Washington, Amos Yadlin.

He strongly dissuaded the regime from engaging against Iran’s “upper hand” in the Persian Gulf.

He proceeded to cite instances of the Islamic Republic’s military capability, including last year’s missile attacks by Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) against American bases in Iraq. The attacks came in retaliation for the US’s earlier assassination in Baghdad of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, former commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force. 

Yadlin asserted that Tel Aviv was utterly bereft of any dependable superior power at sea, and also reminded the regime of Iran’s full-scale drone might.

Newsweek also addressed the threats and accusations that had been levelled by the Israeli regime against Iran following the tanker incident in a recent report. 

The weekly cited its sources as noting that despite Tel Aviv’s intransigence, Washington was laying emphasis on adoption of a diplomatic approach towards Tehran and was encouraging its allies to go down that way too.

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