Dr Mike Evans

Israel warns of growing Iranian threat to Middle East

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with a delegation of generals and admirals from the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA).

Netanyahu briefed the delegation on Israel’s multifront challenges and emphasized the determination of IDF fighters and Israel’s commitment to recovering all hostages. He underscored that Israel’s conflict with Iran is a global struggle.

“Iran seeks to dominate the Middle East through its proxies,” Netanyahu told the delegation.

“Iran is engaging us on seven fronts: notably Hamas, Hezbollah, Houthis, Iraqi and Syrian militias, Judea and Samaria, the West Bank, and Iran itself,” Netanyahu said. “Their objective is to topple Jordan, coordinating ground offensives and missile attacks.”

Netanyahu stressed that the campaign against Hamas in Gaza is pivotal in the broader conflict. He also emphasized the significance of countering Iran’s proxies for regional stability.

“We must deter all elements of Iran’s terror network,” he said. “This axis threatens not only us but also our allies. It is an existential threat to the entire Middle East.”

Netanyahu warned that Iran’s ambitions extend beyond Israel to Sunni Muslim nations.

Education Minister Yoav Kisch, Prime Minister’s Military Secretary Maj.-Gen. Roman Gofman, and Foreign Policy Adviser Dr. Ophir Falk also attended the meeting with the JINSA delegation.

Although Netanyahu did not directly address Lebanon, the IDF is reportedly concluding major operations in Gaza to focus on the increasingly hostile northern front.

Several nations, including Canada, Germany, and Kuwait, have advised their citizens to leave Lebanon amid fears of a potential Third Lebanon War. The U.S. has issued a travel advisory cautioning against travel to Lebanon and advising Americans in the country to avoid the southern regions.

The news comes as reports emerge of Iran seeking to complete a nuclear bomb by November, ahead of the U.S. presidential elections.