Iran crossed a red line: Israel PM

  • Iran crossed a red line: Israel PM

Iran crossed a red line: Israel PM

Israel said Thursday its fighter jets struck dozens of Iranian military targets inside of Syria overnight in response to the attacks.

But Kozhin's comments, released so soon after Netanyahu's Moscow talks with Putin, suggest the Israeli leader's lobbying efforts have, for the time being, paid off.

Syria blamed Israel for the Tuesday strikes that hit near the capital.

"For the first time, Iran has the chance to show the world they are not the rogue nation they are always presented as, that they negotiated in good faith and keep to their commitments", said Karim Emile Bitar of the Institute for global and Strategic Studies in Paris. The result: Israel destroyed Syria's air defenses and shot down 85 Syrian aircraft, while losing none. Israel accuses Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold on its doorstep, something it has vowed never to allow. Looked at from the Israeli point of view, it is an excellent moment to act against Iran in Syria because it is unlikely that the Iranians will respond in a serious way.

"Iran's enemies can only be inspired by this decision: there is a very strong anti-Iranian sentiment", Lukyanov said. "But we did say after the [Western] strikes [on Syria] that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary".

Iran's regime forces in Syria launched a major rocket attack on Israeli areas in the Golan Heights to the north.

In a statement on Friday, Qassemi said the terror groups were in fact "proxies" waging a war on behalf of the US, Israel and their regional allies. So that rather than deterring the Iranians from becoming more active in the region, they probably have more of an incentive to demonstrate that right now they're going to show the United States that there's a effect to what they've done.

According to Russian Defense Ministry, 28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 planes were used in the attack, with more than 60 air-to-ground missiles fired over various parts of Syria, half of them downed.

So far, the reaction in Tehran to the new outbreak of fighting has been strangely muted.

The strikes, it claimed, had come in response to "rockets fired by the Quds Force [from inside Syrian territory] at IDF [Israeli Defense Forces] forward-positions in Golan".

Why? Because Israel has been laying the groundwork through strategic deterrence well before this latest skirmish.

As the US coalition focused squarely on eliminating what's left of ISIS - while letting other anti-American entities metastasize - the balance of power has shifted towards the Iranian axis, allowing for the Tehran regime and its proxies to usurp territory and influence.

After Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the deal on Tuesday, Rouhani warned that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an even higher rate if the accord collapses.

All this leads one to believe that unless China, Russia, and European powers intervene and find a way for the economic sanctions not to be reimposed, consequently also preventing Iran from upping its nuclear ambitions, a massive threat of another Middle East war could well be on the horizon.