April 11, 2023

IntelBrief: Israel and Iran-Backed Militants Try to Avoid Broader War

AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean

Bottom Line Up Front

  • In early April, Israel and Palestinian militants exchanged strikes but sought to avoid a broader regional war involving Iran and its key ally, Hezbollah.
  • The clashes began when Palestinian militants in Gaza and South Lebanon fired on Israel as retaliation for an Israeli crackdown on Palestinians.
  • The exchanges are likely to politically strengthen the embattled Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been rocked by unrest over proposed reforms that would undermine Israel’s judiciary.
  • The violence comes amid growing tensions between Iran and both the United States and Israel, empowering those in the latter two countries to argue for direct military action against Iran.