Iran has suffered a series of bombings and fires at military facilities in recent weeks, including at major missile-production and nuclear facilities.

This is part of a wider campaign to damage Iran or even pressure it into military confrontation before the November election, when President Donald Trump could be voted out of office.

An EU official also told Insider that they feared Israel was planning to provoke Iran into military confrontation “while Trump remains in office.

Israel would not be able to engage in such high-pressure operations if Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, were in office, the EU official added.

Israel is involved in an extended campaign to pressure or damage Iran before President Donald Trump can be voted out of contention in the November election.

A Middle Eastern official told The New York Times earlier this month that Israel’s intelligence services were responsible for the nuclear-facility explosion.

Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said at a press conference on July 5 that in regard to Iran, “we take actions that are better left unsaid.

The Israeli government’s ongoing policy on Iran is clear, the former official added.

“It’s been decided to follow the Trump administration’s lead of exerting ‘maximum pressure’ on the Iranians,” they said, referencing the US’s economic-sanctions policy directed toward Iran.

The attacks appear to be part of a campaign of “maximum pressure, minimal strategy,” said the EU intelligence official.

The source said Iran could be considering a rash response after exhibiting relative patience in the wake of the January assassination of top commander Qassem Soleimani in a US drone strike.

With a broad belief among America’s allies that Trump is unlikely to win re-election, Israel’s apparent shift in tactics toward high-pressure “kinetic” operations seem to reflect a belief that under a Biden administration, there would be a move to save the 2015 nuclear deal that had been scuttled by Trump.

There would be a lot less appetite for adventures and secret missions to blow up nuclear facilities under a Biden administration,” said the EU official.

When they were asked how much American allies would use the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election in making policy determinations, the official was blunt. There’s a reason we all follow your elections and watch CNN.

Business Insider / ABC Flash Point WW III News 2020.

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Jeremy
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17-07-20 23:32

Running the Gauntlet?