“Israel is not the only state in the region willing to punish Iran militarily… Also, it means any future military moves, or attacks, Israel could make against Iran will be welcomed and in fact praised by Arabs, not only with words, but with action… Iran now has to worry that an Israeli military strike could be combined with Saudi strikes”
The Saudi military operation, called Decisive Storm, was the first time – this century – that an Arab state took the initiative to attack Iran’s interests anywhere.
Saudi Arabia’s war on Houthis, Iranian loyalists in Yemen, was least expected. The Saudis did not speak much about their plans, nor did they even issue a warning. They have taken the Houthis by storm and have fully mobilized their advanced air force – the second largest in the Middle East after Israel’s.
Saudi Arabia had openly pre-set targets for the campaign: disabling Houthi militias and targeting their caches of weapons, which it achieved in a relatively short time. Now, while the Houthis still offer some resistance they no longer have the ability to operate freely in Yemen as they did before. But this is not the end of…
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