The crisis sweeping Israel has become a focal point for its enemies across the Middle East who have convened top-level meetings to weigh the turmoil and how they might capitalise on it, sources familiar with the discussions say.
Foes including Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah have been crowing at the sight of Israel fractured by the crisis ignited by government moves to overhaul the judiciary, especially threats by reservists to stop showing up for military service.
Away from the propaganda being broadcast by groups eager to see Israel’s demise, these factions have also been devoting special attention to the crisis at closed-door meetings, perceiving this as a potential turning point for Israel.
The subject was discussed at a three-hour meeting last week involving a senior commander from Iran’s Quds Force, the arm of its Revolutionary Guards that funnels military support to Tehran’s allies, two Iranian security officials and officials from Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, an Iranian diplomat said.
After concluding that the crisis had already weakened Israel, they agreed they should refrain from any “direct interference”, believing this could give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the chance to shift blame to foreign adversaries.