The prospect of a nuclear Iran breathing down Israel’s neck has been thrown back into sharp focus since the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the puppet master behind the Islamic republic’s malign influence across the Middle East.
His fingerprints are engraved on sickening Iranian state-sponsored murders on foreign soil going back almost 30 years to the 1994 bomb attack on the Israeli Argentine Jewish centre in Buenos Aires.
By the time of his killing, Soleimani had used Iranian sinister influence to pervert the course of conflicts in countries across the region. The ingredients of Iran’s success have been transnational Shia militancy, fighting capability and an ability to confront different enemies on different battlefields simultaneously.
Whether an attack was on the seas, from the air or in cyberspace, Soleimani was never far behind, pulling strings, waving the conductor’s wand, growing as Iran’s sinister extraterritorial influence grew.
Whoever succeeds him will inherit a terrifying strategical blueprint that stretches right across the Middle East to Israel’s front door.