Can Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas retake Jerusalem? – Forward Observer Shop

Can Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas retake Jerusalem?

Here’s an interesting piece discussing why the combined forces of Iran and its two chief proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, do not possess the capability to retake Jerusalem, which some claim is under consideration after President Trump pledged to move the U.S. embassy there:

In recent days, the leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard external action force, Hezbollah, and Hamas have all pledged to retake Jerusalem from Israel.

It’s not going to happen.

Amidst the growing likelihood of regional war, these threats cannot be considered idle. Working together, Israel’s enemies could create havoc in its southern and northern border areas proximate to Gaza, Syria, and Lebanon. In addition, Iran has the missile capabilities to strike deep inside Israeli territory.

Fortunately, however, Israel’s capabilities far exceed those of its adversaries.

For a start, it would be nearly impossible for an Iranian-led alliance to invade Israeli territory and reach Jerusalem. The Israeli Defense Forces retain a dominant position in being able to block all lines of approach to Jerusalem. At the same time, because of dramatically improved relations between Israel, Egypt, and Jordan, any attack on Jerusalem would have to come from Lebanese or Syrian territory.

That poses another problem for Israel’s adversaries.

Read the rest here.

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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