Israeli air defenses are not ‘Untouchable’

The Cradle

Shivan Mahendrarajah

Iran’s recent military strikes have exposed weaknesses in Israel’s ‘advanced’ air defense systems, overturning assumptions of their invulnerability while showcasing Tehran’s strategic pivot from ‘patience’ to ‘active deterrence.’

In the movie The Untouchables, there’s a scene where a member of the so-called “untouchables” federal investigative team is killed inside an elevator. The assassins leave a chilling message written in blood: “Touchable.”

This scene essentially mirrors a statement made by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Aerospace Force (IRGC/A) on 13–14 April, demonstrating that even well-guarded air defenses, like those of Israel and similar systems used by the US in the Persian Gulf, are, in fact, vulnerable.

Until now, the concept of “strategic patience” practiced by the Islamic Republic was often dismissed by its adversaries as mere rhetoric. However, Iran’s recent shift from passive to active deterrence showcases a strategic evolution that needs some context.


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