Iranian General Soleimani’s death sent shockwaves across the Middle East after US President Donald Trump ordered a deadly drone strike upon the influential figure on Friday. Soleimani had been engaged in international conflicts throughout his career, especially as he was the celebrated leader of the elite Quds Force, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. While he managed to win favour from the Syrian government by helping to suppress uprisings, and to secure support from the support of the Iraqi government after years of fighting, the Iranian commander was still engaged in an ongoing spat with Israel at the time of his death.
Some international leaders fear Israel could be dragged into a potential war between the US and Iran – especially as the Iranian-Israeli proxy struggle has been ongoing since 2005.
Soleimani’s masterplan was thought to link Iran to its allied forces in Lebanon. This would solidify communications and could enable the ease of the passage of weapons across the Middle East.
However, Israel - an ally of the US – threatened to disrupt this corridor.
Yet, Israel has not been an easy enemy and the fight has lasted for years as Israel defends its land.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Qassem Soleimani (Image: Getty/BBC)
Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump (Image: Getty)
In the BBC documentary, ‘Shadow Commander: Iran’s Military Mastermind’, released in March 2019, Israeli officials revealed what they really thought of Soleimani’s forces.
The interviewer asked: “Do you think that Qassem Soleimani has learned his lesson?”
General Nitzan Alon, who leads Israel’s military operations, said: “I think that he has underestimated Israeli capabilities, and maybe overestimated his capabilities against Israel.
“But I’m not sure that he learned the lesson yet.”
He told the programme how in Israel in 2018, the Iranians tried to “entrench” themselves in the Golan Heights, which is Syrian territory which has been occupied by Israel for 50 years.
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