Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman on Wednesday blamed Iran for a border raid conducted by Hezbollah that triggered a swift Israeli military reaction in southern Lebanon and an intense search for two kidnapped Israeli soldiers.
“This is not only an act of war by Hezbollah, but an act of war by proxy by Iran,” said Sherman, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee.
The links between Hezbollah and the regime in Tehran are well documented.
Hezbollah was created by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in 1982, and it receives most of its external support from the Iranians. Because Hezbollah is a proxy for Iran, major operations such as the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers normally would be approved or even planned by Tehran.
“It is highly unlikely that such a provocative act would be undertaken without the knowledge and approval of people at the highest levels of Iran’s government,” Sherman said.
The attack on Israel on Wednesday, Sherman said, was foreshadowed by a warning on Tuesday by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that Israel would be hit by an "explosion" of Muslim anger. Ahmadinejad said:
“The fury of Muslim nations is getting more intense. It is likely to reach an explosion point soon. If this day arrives, the shockwaves of this blast will not be restricted within our regional boundaries and will strike the supporters of this fake regime.”