Missile-Mounted Camera Shows Israeli Strike on Syrian Interceptor System

Missile-Mounted Camera Shows Israeli Strike on Syrian Interceptor System

For Iran's part, the growing convergence between the Arab monarchies, Israel, and the United States - and the rise of American officials with visceral hostility to Tehran - increases the importance of preserving leverage against these adversaries not only in Syria and Lebanon, but also in Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere.

The attack on the Golan Heights - an Israeli occupied region of Syria - is the first time Iran has hit Israel from Syria. As of this writing, no outlet has been able to independently confirm the Israeli military's assertion that Iran attacked them, but there is no dispute that Iran has been building up its forces in Syria over the past half-decade. None of the rockets reached Israeli-held territory, with most falling short and several intercepted, it said.

The Israel army intercepted Iranian rockets fired from Syria into Golan Heights early Thursday, Israeli military officials said.

Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, another Assad backer, said the Israeli airstrikes were "a very alarming development" and urged both Israel and Iran to refrain from provoking each other. It also comes ahead of a series of patriotic holidays in Israel, coinciding with the controversial moving of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"Israel has hit nearly all of Iran's infrastructure in Syria", Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday morning. "It means practically, if they attack us, we will attack them". Israel intends to engage in a direct military confrontation with Iran.

It led to immediate calls for restraint from Russia, France and Germany.

That attack killed 15 people, including eight Iranians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

US President Donald Trump's decision to exit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has renewed attention on the divisions in Iran between hardliners, spearheaded by the supreme leader, and moderates who support Rouhani.

A map posted online by the Israel Defense Forces showing what they say are Iranian positions they struck.

The same could not be said in February, during another clash between Israeli, Syrian, and Iranian forces, in which an F-16 fighter was shot down and crashed in a field in northern Israel, after the pilot and navigator ejected. Israel and Russian Federation also set up a mechanism in order to avoid direct conflict over their competing interests in Syria.

"What we did tonight is only the tip of the iceberg of the Israeli Army's capability", he said Thursday morning on Israel Army Radio.

"The targets belong to Soleimani's Quds Forces, and they are storages, command and control rooms, observation points, and some other operational sites", Brig.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sought to calm concerns that the major escalation along a highly volatile frontier was the opening salvo in a wider war.

In his first comments since the missile attack, Netanyahu, speaking at IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, said that "Iran crossed a red line". "Now, with the victory of the Assad-Iran side, Iran's main spoils is a long-term military presence in Syria, entrenching it in the country and linking it to Lebanon". Israel regards Iran as its biggest threat and has repeatedly targeted Iranian forces and allied militia in Syria.

Israel is signaling to Iran that it can not rely on Russian protection.

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