Rehearsals in Syria, Gaza for Iranian-Israeli showdown

Iran and Russia both won ground on the Syrian battlefield at America’s expense with this week’s Assad victory over rebels in Idlib, say DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s strategic analysts in its next issue out Friday. The indecisive way the Israeli confrontation with Iran’s Palestinian proxy Jihad Islami wound down also added points to Tehran – and Moscow less directly – after Washington backed away from the Gaza episode and Israel threw in the sponge. All these players were testing the ground in case of an Israeli clash with Iran.
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