Israeli airstrikes on Iraq changed everything
Billboards like this one which says, "The U.S. is responsible for the region's insecurity and instability," are appearing in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in recent days.
Others say "Death to America — Death to Israel". At least one billboard is within sight of the U.S. embassy.
This is just the latest backlash from Israel's decision to bomb Iraq.
Netanyahu says the attacks are meant to show Israel will respond to Iranian threats via its proxy forces, from wherever they emanate... But Israeli observers say the country's leader, who faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, also is counting on the attacks to draw attention away from his legal troubles.
An important bloc in Iraq's parliament has demanded the U.S. withdraw its forces from Iraq, and correctly blame the U.S. for being complicit in these strikes.
"While we reserve the right to respond to these Zionist attacks, we hold the international coalition, particularly the United States, fully responsible for this aggression which we consider a declaration of war on Iraq and its people," the statement by the Fatah Coalition said.
More importantly, the Iraqi government is looking at protecting itself from Israeli and U.S. air strikes, and there is only one way to do that: by purchasing either the S-300 or S-400 missile defense system from Russia.
Iraq considered the idea before, but because of Israel it's become a priority.
The immediate effect, however, is that both the general public and the elites of Middle East nations have raised the need to protect their skies more effectively... The State of Law parliamentary coalition said that the Americans had arranged the opening of Iraqi airspace to facilitate the Israeli attacks. They said that Iraq should “steer toward Russia and China in order to provide the international protection [for Iraq].”