Israel faces a future of armed conflicts unfolding on multiple fronts, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said on April 20, as Iran steps up efforts to foment Palestinian terrorism in sync with cross-border attacks by its proxies in Syria and Lebanon. “We are at the end of the era of limited conflicts, and at the beginning of a new security era in which there may be a real threat across all sectors and at any given time,” Gallant told reporters in a briefing ahead of Israel’s 75th Independence Day, which will take place next week. The coming celebration follows a flare-up in Iranian-orchestrated violence in Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, southern Lebanon, and Syria.

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“We are seeing a sneak preview of Iran’s campaign to turn Israel into a ‘Seoul on the Med’ by surrounding it with conventional threats. The goal is to provide both a distraction from Tehran’s nuclear designs and deterrence against taking action to stop its nuclear advances. The Iranians want Israel and its allies to repeat the same fear and fecklessness that characterize the international community’s dealing with North Korea because of Pyongyang’s ability to rain artillery down on the South Korean capital at will.” — Mark Dubowitz, FDD CEO