In the last week of July, a tanker run by an Israeli company was making a routine trip from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates when it was hit by an explosive, believed to be a drone. Two men, a Romanian and a British citizen, were killed in the attack. The Israeli government immediately blamed Iran, which has denied any involvement in it.
The Guardian Middle East Correspondent, Martin Chulov, He says Nosheen Iqbal which is the latest action in what is now a rapidly escalating ‘shadow war’ between Israel and Iran. With both countries under new leadership in recent weeks, there is an additional layer of unpredictability in relations that have been strained for some time.
In the background is the Iran nuclear deal, drawn up under the presidency of Barack Obama and later broken by the Trump administration. With the resumption of the talks, there are new hopes for a compromise and the reestablishment of the pact. But there are also fears that it may be too late: that with Iran close to a viable nuclear weapon, Israel is already weighing military action that would bring the conflict out of the shadows.