- “We struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit,” says Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot about Israel’s undeclared and unfinished military campaign against Iran and its proxies in Syria and Lebanon.
- “Two-and-a-half years ago…we noticed a significant change in Iran’s strategy. Their vision was to have significant influence in Syria by building a force of up to 100,000 Shiite fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. They built intelligence bases and an air force base within each Syrian air base.” Behind the build-up was Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, which has spearheaded Tehran’s ambitions to make itself a regional hegemon.
- In January 2017 Eisenkot obtained the government’s unanimous consent for a change in the rules of the game. Israeli attacks became near-daily events. In 2018 alone, the air force dropped 2,000 bombs.
- That May, Suleimani attempted to retaliate by launching “more than 30 rockets toward Israel.” None reached its target. Israel responded with an assault that hit 80 separate Iranian military and Assad regime targets in Syria.
- Suleimani’s “error was choosing a playground where he is relatively weak. We have complete intelligence superiority in this area. We enjoy complete aerial superiority,” said Eisenkot. “I can say with confidence that, as we speak, Hizbullah does not possess accurate [missile] capabilities except for small and negligible ones. They were hoping to have hundreds of missiles in the mid- and long-range.”
- Thanks to Gadi Eisenkot, at least we know the Iranians aren’t invincible.