I reported here several days ago that Alex Fishman, Yediot’s military correspondent, was the first journalist to reveal the contents of the secret IDF report on its failings during the Eilat terror attack. Among the jaw-droppers he exposed, was a claim that the terrorists who attacked Israel were not Gazans, but Sinai-based Egyptian Islamists whose attack was supported by Iran. Intriguingly, Fishman offered no further evidence to support the claim. But unlike other generally unsupported Israeli charges that Iran arms Hamas, etc. Fishman is one of Israel’s most credible and serious journalists. So I take his claims seriously.
I’ve now learned that the reason this report doesn’t reveal any further substantiating evidence about Iranian involvement is that the military censor has forbidden it. Again, this doesn’t mean that the claim is true, but it does at least explain why Fishman could not substantiate the charge.
Lest pro-Israel apologists jump on this story and use it as an “Aha” moment to verify the charges that Iran is a terror state, let’s keep in mind the reasons why Iran might initiate a proxy terror attack against Israel. As I reported earlier, Israel is widely believed even by its own security correspondents to have orchestrated widespread acts of assassination, military sabotage and cyberwarfare against Iran over the past few years. If Iran initiated the Eilat attack, it surely did so in revenge for the mayhem the Mossad and its likely MEK proxies have waged inside Iran.
What goes around comes around, and if Israel (and the U.S., which participated in the creation of the Stuxnet computer worm) want to play with the fire of terrorism they too can, and likely will, get burned.