Israel 'stands ready' in Iranian conflict, ex-ambassador says

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By Thursday morning, the Israeli Air Force had destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, according to Israel's defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman.

The White House also condemned Iran's "provocative attack" in a statement, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying Iran has deployed into Syria "offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel".

Fars said the location in Syria from which the rockets were supposedly launched, Quneitra, is in part "controlled by rebels and terrorists, and other parts of are controlled by the Syrian army".

As tensions escalated, especially in its northern region bordering Syria, the Israeli Premier called upon the global community to prevent "the Iranian Al-Quds force from establishing itself in Syria".

"The United States condemns the Iranian regime's provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel's right to act in self-defense". "If anyone hurts us, we will hurt them sevenfold".

"The point will come with these actions, where the Iranians will say: we have to push back forcefully, we have to establish deterrence against the Israelis if we want to stay in Syria", said Wimmen.

Israel carried out the raids after it said 20 rockets, either Fajr or Grad type, were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight.

Hillel Frisch at the Jerusalem Post provides his insights into the possible Israel - Iran War. However Israel and Iran remain on a collision course.

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Last month, an attack on Syria's T4 air base in the central Homs province killed seven Iranian military personnel.

Syria s south is a complex puzzle: rebels, jihadists, Syrian government troops, Iranian forces, and fighters from Lebanese Hezbollah all have a presence there. "We need to unite in order to cut off its spreading tentacles of evil there and everywhere", he said, referring to the Iranian strike force advising the Assad regime in quelling the civil war in Syria.

"Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it, " he said.

Earlier, the IDF stated that its fighter jets had attacked purported Iranian positions in Syria, having fired dozens of missiles at Syria in retaliation for an alleged bombardment by Iran.

"As for escalation between Israel and Iran, we think it is a rather disturbing trend", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "It's a direct war and that's what makes it particularly unsafe", said Martin S. Indyk, a former United States ambassador to Israel. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.

Late Tuesday, Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital of Damascus. Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, but an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran, with strong support from Israel, has further raised tensions.

"We know that comes from the Al Quds force", army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, referring to the special forces unit affiliated with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

While the documents' authenticity has not been challenged by Western governments and intelligence experts, critics said they added little to previous assessments that concluded that Iran mothballed its effort to develop nuclear weapons in 2003.

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