Iran was directed roughly equally from different sides. In 2019, there was Similar incidents A place in the Gulf of Oman, with oil tankers and ships carrying explosives or bombarding them with torpedoes. Then the United States and Saudi Arabia blamed Iran.
The Associated Press cited Dryad Global, a company that collects marine intelligence. The ship may be the victim of “asymmetric activity by the Iranian military”. Asymmetric warfare means that a large goal can be achieved with relatively limited means. In this case, DRIAD Global believes that Iran is willing to pressure the United States to ease the sanctions.
Relations between Iran and the United States have deteriorated greatly under President Trump. The United States withdrew from the nuclear deal under which Iran began enriching uranium again. Newly appointed US President Joe Biden wants the deal with Iran Restore again. But Iran is not immediately inclined to do so now. First, sanctions should be eased, Iran says, and then the parties can sit down again. Today Iran rejected again a proposal to hold informal talks with the European Union and the United States.
Iran feels threatened for more reasons, including from Israel. last year Israel made agreements With many Arab countries to normalize relations, such as the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Morocco. Countries have done so in part because they share the view that Iran is the greatest threat to stability in the Middle East.
Attacks on Iranian targets
Iran also accuses Israel of several attacks on Iranian territory. A fire broke out in July 2020 Nuclear complex In Iranian Natanz. Israel was also behind last November, according to Iran Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was killedThe mastermind behind the Iranian nuclear program.
Israel has never officially confirmed that it was behind such attacks, but it would have been held accountable in response. After deals with the various Gulf states, Israeli ships are currently sailing through the region significantly.
It is therefore not surprising that many Israeli officials attribute the bombings of the Helios Ray to Iran. Aviv Kochavi, the most senior Israeli soldier, said in a speech today that Iran is “carrying out operations against civilian targets.”
Defense Minister Gantz had previously said that the circumstances surrounding the explosion indicated Iranian involvement. He said this needs further investigation.
Iran has not yet responded to the allegations, but the conservative pro-government newspaper Kayhan does not appear to completely deny this. The newspaper expects that the Israeli ship “may have been on an espionage mission.” After that, the ship may have come under attack by fighters pushed by Iran. Or, as the newspaper said, the ship may have been ambushed by a section of the resistance axis.