Israel’s aggression could open new fronts in Gaza war, warns former Iranian commander
11/28/2023 // Richard Brown // Views

As the geopolitical landscape in the Middle East continues to evolve, tensions are on the rise and the potential for a broader conflict looms.

Mohsen Rezaee, the former commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, issued a cautionary statement hinting at the possibility of new fronts joining the ongoing conflict in Gaza.

In an interview with the Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese news outlet Al-Mayadeen, Rezaee suggested that the pressure on Gaza could lead to increased support for the war. He emphasized the backing of resistance forces in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen – indicating a broader regional involvement.

"The war in Gaza is a war for control of the region, and it'll determine the fate of Israel and the fate of the resistance axis, which will play a larger role in the future," Rezaee said. (Related: Israel's "holy war" against Gaza already expanding to include Syria, Yemen.)

Iran's Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, echoed these sentiments, stating that "the first stage of the war's escalation has begun." This choice of words implies a multi-stage escalation, suggesting that the conflict's intensity may heighten soon.

One notable incident reflecting this escalation is the recent hijacking of a cargo ship in the Red Sea by Iran-backed Houthi rebels from Yemen. The '"Galaxy Leader," a Bahamian-flagged vehicle carrier, was boarded by armed Houthi fighters, and a video was released on social media documenting the helicopter-borne raid.

The vessel was carrying cars from Turkey and was seized in the southern Red Sea en route to Indonesia. It is reportedly owned by Israeli businessman Rami Ungar's shipping company Ray. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu branded the incident as an "Iranian attack against an international vessel." He continued: "The vessel had crew members of various nationalities, including Ukrainians, Bulgarians, Filipinos and Mexicans; no Israelis on board."

Following the hijacking, Hizam al-Asad, a member of the Houthis' Supreme Political Council, warned Israel on his X account. "As long as they [Israel] insist on attacking us people in Gaza, they must use the path of the Cape of Good Hope,” he said.

New players threaten to complicate Gaza situation

Although a relatively minor player, the Houthis – formally dubbed Ansar Allah or "Supporters of God" – are showcasing their ability to disrupt maritime activities. This incident adds a maritime dimension to the conflict and raises concerns about the safety of international shipping routes, particularly in strategic areas like the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait.

But the Lebanon-based Hezbollah poses a more significant threat. Recent reports suggest that they caused extensive damage to an Israeli military base in northern Israel through rocket attacks. While this action targeted a military facility, any shift towards attacks on civilian areas could dramatically escalate the situation.

The southern front, involving operations in Gaza, also contributes to the complexity of the situation. Israel's potential expansion of operations in southern Gaza raises concerns, and the Biden administration has acknowledged Israel's right to self-defense while urging caution to minimize harm to civilians.

The evolving dynamics in the Middle East present a multifaceted challenge. The risk of a broader conflict involving various regional actors is apparent, and the international community closely watches developments.

As tensions persist and the potential for further escalation grows, the situation remains fluid and careful diplomacy will be crucial to preventing a catastrophic outcome.

This ongoing crisis underscores the deeply rooted animosities in the region, and the international community must remain vigilant in addressing the complex geopolitical landscape of the Middle East.

The potential consequences of an all-encompassing conflict could have far-reaching impacts, making it imperative to seek diplomatic solutions to de-escalate tensions and foster stability.

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