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But Israel, which never needs an excuse for an out-of-area military operation, as witnessed by its past military adventures in Tunisia, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, and Kenya, will attack based on the flimsiest of reasons.
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This expression doesn't exist in The Free Online Dictionary. Does the underlined part mean an air strike?
out-of-area - definition of out-of-area by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.
Something that is out-of-area is not in the area. Not nearby. I'm not sure how the author defines the "area" of Israel. It seems to me that the Persian Gulf and Iraq are in Israel's "area" of the world (the Middle East). Tunisia and Kenya are not.