“Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Darin Gaub and former U.S. State Department official Gabriel Noronha are offering their assessments of the recent attacks on Israel, how the Israeli military will respond, and how Iran may have contributed to the carnage from behind the scenes.
Mr. Noronha believes Iran played at least some role in enabling Palestinian groups to breach the Israel–Gaza barrier and carry out widespread attacks across southern Israel on Oct. 7.
“Iran has not yet entered the fight, but they’ve supported it at every step,” Mr. Noronha said in an interview with NTD’s “Capitol Report” on Tuesday. “They previously have provided $100 million in aid to Hamas each year, sometimes going as high as $300 million. They trained 6,500 of their fighters previously. They funneled rockets, weapons, munition rounds, guns, and so they’re responsible for this war.”
Gaub is reported as saying,
“As of Tuesday afternoon, Gaza’s health ministry placed preliminary casualty assessments at 765 people killed and more than 4,000 wounded as a result of Israeli strikes on Gaza.
Mr. Gaub said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should feel encouraged to “do what’s best for Israel” regardless of public opinion about the ongoing fighting, but said the United States should still offer some guidance for how to exercise restraint.
“[Mr. Netanyahu] knows better than anybody what war is like over there. Their family has a history of fighting on the side of Israel at many levels, and he’s exactly the kind of leader Israel needs,” the U.S. Army veteran said. “And I think we need to talk with him and offer our support to him and just, you know, maybe make some recommendations here and there, that they not expand it too far, but to be willing to do whatever is necessary for the survival and sovereignty of Israel.”
How Will the US Respond
Since the attacks on Israel, the U.S. military has already ordered the USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group to reposition to the eastern Mediterranean Sea, placing the carrier’s airwing and supporting guided missile cruisers and destroyers closer to Israel’s shoreline. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has also ordered the U.S. Air Force to deploy additional F-35, F-15, F-16, and A-10 fighter aircraft squadrons to bases in the region.
Mr. Gaub said the additional U.S. military warships and aircraft can serve as a deterrent against future attacks on Israel, but he’s hopeful that U.S. forces will not become directly involved in the fighting.”