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April 23, 2020
U.S. Could Do More to Deter Iran Gray Zone Strategy, Experts Say
Source: USNI News
Journalist John Grady
When American administrations develop a deterrence strategy for Iran in the Middle East, a model to follow could be how Israel runs a covert military campaign against Iran in Syria while pursuing public diplomacy with Russia, a new report states.
The way Israel strikes targets in Syria is “not necessarily looking at a forever war” with Iran but rather serves as a means to deter and aggressively defend itself against Tehran and its well-armed proxies, Ilan Goldenberg, a former Pentagon official and one of the authors of the report released by the Center for New American Security, said during a teleconference last week
The report, Countering Iran in the Gray Zone: What the United States Should Learn from Israel’s Operations in Syria, says a strategy like Israel’s “gives [presidents] more freedom of action” than an all-or-nothing approach, Goldenberg said.
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