The violence in the Middle East is escalating. Israel continues its onslaught in Gaza as flash points break out elsewhere in the shadow of the ongoing war, including a recent drone strike in Jordan that killed three American soldiers.

Today in The Conversation Canada, James Devine of Mount Allison University delves into Iran’s role in the cascading hostilities. While it’s told both Hamas and the United States that it wants to stay out of the war, it’s engaging Israel through its allies, particularly Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq. But the risk of escalation makes this a dangerous strategy that’s becoming increasingly untenable.

He writes: “At a certain point, the West may lose patience with bombing Iran’s proxies and target the country itself.”

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Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics Editor

In this photo released by the Iranian Presidency Office, President Ebrahim Raisi, right, greets the leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, at the start of their meeting at his office in Tehran in June 2023. (Iranian Presidency Office, via AP)

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