With Iran’s economy reeling from sanctions imposed by the United States, Tehran is less able to fund its allies than it was in the past. And with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fighting for his political future as an election looms in Israel, there is speculation that he is turning up the heat on Iran as a ploy for votes.
Over the years, Iran has built a network of allies and militant groups to help advance its interests in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. The United States considers some of those allies, including Hezbollah, terrorist organisations.
The Trump administration has made pushing back against Iran a major part of its Middle East policy, a goal it shares with Israel, Saudi Arabia and other regional powers.
In a speech Sunday, Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, addressed the weekend’s events and promised that his group would respond to any further Israeli attacks.