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“Iran may soon escalate its conflict with the United States, possibly choosing the Israeli border as the target, Israeli and Western intelligence sources say. They say Tehran is disappointed with its failure to force the Americans to reconsider the strong sanctions they’ve imposed on Iran and on companies doing business with the Islamic Republic, which have stoked a serious economic crisis.
Thus it has not been ruled out that the Iranians might opt for a provocation along the Israeli border, with the aim of worsening the atmosphere of regional crisis and urgently forcing the Trump administration to reexamine its steps.
Iran has been taking steps in the Persian Gulf since the start of May, in response to the harsher American sanctions that have badly weighed on its economy. According to assessments in Israel and the West, the Iranians were playing for time and hoping that U.S. President Donald Trump would eventually fail to win reelection in November 2020. This would lead to a softening of Washington’s aggressive policy toward Iran’s nuclear program, the thinking went.”
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