Report: Trump Gives Israel Green Light to Act Against Iran – by Robert Gehl
The Trump Administration has given the green light to assassinate the senior Iranian military official responsible for coordinating activity on behalf of Iran in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
For two decades, Qassem Soleimani has been in charge of the Quds Force, the branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards responsible for military and clandestine operations outside of the Islamic Republic.
Soleimani is a top figure in attempts to prop up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and help him retake rebel cities during the long civil war. The Times of Israel reports that Soleimani is also responsible for providing military aid to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas in Gaza — both of which are committed to the destruction of Israel — as well as to Shia and Kurdish groups in Iraq.
Just three years ago, Israel came close to assassinating the military leader near Damascus, but the Obama Administration tipped off the Iranians during an intense disagreement between the US and Israel.
Of course – that was Barack Obama, and this is Donald Trump. Obama was so focused on securing the 2015 Iran nuclear accord that it chose to overlook and even obstruct efforts to clamp down on Iranian-backed terror organizations.
But today, the Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu administrations are much closer in their view of Iran. Just four days ago, the two countries signed a joint memorandum of understanding laying the groundwork for full cooperation to deal with Iran’s nuclear drive, its missile programs, and its other threatening activities, an Israeli TV report said recently. Soleimani’s assassination would serve both countries’ interests.
Meanwhile, protests against the tyrannical regime in Iran continue.
On the streets, thousands have called for the theocracy to end, bringing back the “Green Movement” of 2009, when protesters fruitlessly called on President Obama to support their cause. Obama ignored them, as well as the arrest and imprisonment of hundreds of students, political figures, and dissidents.
For his part, Trump is trying to help them along, with tweets of support for the protesters and condemnation for the mullahs in Tehran.
Earlier Monday, the semi-official ILNA news agency quoted Hedayatollah Khademi, a representative for the town of Izeh, as saying two people died there Sunday night. It was not clear if they were included in the state TV toll. Izeh is about 500 miles south of Tehran.
Analysts have suggested that the widespread protests have begun as a way to challenge Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
On Sunday, Trump indicated he’s watching the goings on.
Big protests in Iran. The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017
“Big protests in Iran,” he wrote. “The people are finally getting wise as to how their money and wealth is being stolen and squandered on terrorism. Looks like they will not take it any longer. The USA is watching very closely for human rights violations!”
In a second tweet that afternoon, he railed again at the crackdown: “Iran, the Number One State of Sponsored Terror with numerous violations of Human Rights occurring on an hourly basis, has now closed down the Internet so that peaceful demonstrators cannot communicate. Not good!”