Former Israeli PM Pushes for US To Lead Iran Regime Change Effort

Admits to February 2022 Israeli Attack on an Iran Drone Base

The hawkish Wall Street Journal has run an op-ed from the even more hawkish Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Prime Minister from 2020 to 2022. As usual, Bennett focused heavily on the need for military action against Iran, saying the US should be leading a global effort to impose regime change on them.

The argument for regime change is, of course, nothing new for Israeli hawks, while the case for the US taking charge is particularly self-serving as Israel is busy committing its military to an open-ended military campaign in the Gaza Strip. The US is backing Israel and arming them for the Gaza War, so to Bennett it makes sense to use America to pick the fight with Iran.

Interestingly, Bennett argued against Israel focusing on attacking Hamas and Hezbollah, calling Iran their “primary enemy”, and saying Irans must always be the focus (with the US expected, evidently, to do the focusing). Attacking Hamas, even with huge civilian casualties, is politically very popular within Israel, so the Gaza War is unlikely to be slowed down.

In the opinion piece, Bennett made another piece of international news, revealing that Israel was behind the February 2022 military attack on an Iranian drone base. Iran had accused Israel of this all along, but this is the first time a high-level Israeli official has admitted to it. Israel at the time focused on attacking Iran targets in Syria, and mostly did not directly attack inside Iran.

Whether the US was directly informed of the operation remains unclear, although Bennett made noteworthy comments in February 2022, saying President Joe Biden was absolutely supportive of Israel taking “freedom of action” militarily against Iran. This could imply Biden’s knowledge of or at least suggest he gave a de facto imprimatur for the strike.

The 2022 strike, on a base near Kermanshah, was said to destroy hundreds of Iranian drones according to the Israeli media. Bennett also claimed it killed an Iran Revolutionary Guard member.

The attack came apparently from Israeli drones out of Iraqi Kurdistan. Iran blamed Israel from the start, and attacked a target in Irbil in response, saying it was an Israeli intelligence base. Unconfirmed media reports claimed that four Israeli officers were killed in the strike and seven more injured.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.