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Blaine Holt to Newsmax: Israel Will Go After Iran, Proxies

By    |   Sunday, 14 January 2024 09:32 AM EST

The possibility of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons is an existential threat to Israel, and there is no doubt it will go after Iran and its proxies Hezbollah and the Houthis once the fight to eliminate Hamas winds down, retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Blaine Holt said on Newsmax Sunday. 

"There is no question in anybody's mind militarily, at least reasonable military thinkers who understand that that is an existential threat to Israel," Holt said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "We talk about billions of dollars going into the hands of Iran, and maybe we'll get some flimsy nuclear deal that delays things."

But, he added, Israel "can't survive in a world where [Iran] has nuclear weapons, so they're going to get after Iran as they approach that goal."

His comments come after Netanyahu last week said the war that started with the Hamas attacks on Israel is a battle against an "axis of evil" led by Iran and "the three H's," Hezbollah, Hamas, and the Houthis.

At the International Court of Justice at the Hague, South Africa accused Israel of committing genocide, and Holt said Sunday that the ruling will likely go against Israel as Europe has had a "strong bias" against Israel for many years. 

"For South Africa to be the one that wages this, that's pretty rich coming from a country that takes farms away from people just because of the color of their skin, and in some cases, just outright kills them if there's about to be a protest," said Holt. "Meanwhile, get ready because the Palestinians across Europe and even last night in D.C. around the White House, they're getting closer and closer to mass violence and protests that turn into riots."

Meanwhile, the United States and its allies have been carrying out strikes against Houthi locations in Yemen in response to the attacks on ships in the Red Sea, and Holt agreed that the strikes will slow them down. 

However, such "tit-for-tat responses" are troublesome because the United States isn't preparing its forces with what is needed for them to defend themselves, the nation, and the shipping lanes. 

"We hear from the White House, 'If you do this again, Yemen, we may authorize more strikes,'" said Holt. "Our commanders need to have the orders in hand that if certain conditions come about they don't need to hear from the White House directly.

"We tried that in Vietnam, and we saw what the result was. You don't target from the Oval Office. You give it to competent military people and say, fix this piracy problem and resume shipping in the Red Sea, and then you let competent military officers take over from there."

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Sandy Fitzgerald

Sandy Fitzgerald has more than three decades in journalism and serves as a general assignment writer for Newsmax covering news, media, and politics. 

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