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14 May 2018, 04:24 | Marta Robbins
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Israel says it attacked nearly all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria on Thursday after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory.
"The Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly unsafe development for the entire Middle East", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
Israel struck back with its heaviest air strikes in Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, saying it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure.
Avigdor Lieberman, Defence Minister for Israel reported that the rockets fired by Iran either missed their targets or were wiped out of the sky.
No mention was made of the involvement of Iran's military assets in Syria, which have long helped prop up the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
Analysts also raised questions about the media's blind acceptance of Israel's claim that it was Iranian forces that fired missiles at the occupied Golan Heights, pointing to claims by Syrian officials that it was their own army that fired the missiles in response to Israel's earlier attack. Many fell short of the border, and several were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome defense system.
"But I can say that in terms of our objective, we focussed less on personnel and more on capabilities and hardware.to inflict long-term damage on the Iranian military establishment in Syria". Russian Federation is the major power broker in Syria, where its military intervention turned the tide in favor of government forces, and Israel coordinates military action there with Moscow.
The strikes, it alleged, had come in response to "rockets fired by the Quds Force [from Syrian territory] at IDF forward posts in the Golan Heights".
"Iranian forces will need months to recover from the strikes", Manelis told Israeli army radio.
Embroiled in scandals at home, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also seek a provocation to divert attention from his domestic crises. The Israeli intelligence coup demonstrates as few things could that the depth of the Iranian regime's extraordinarily complex nuclear deception requires that Iran's entire nuclear infrastructure be dismantled if worldwide security is to be obtained. Israel has carried out repeated air strikes against them, hoping to stop the formation of a Lebanese-Syrian front to its north. Yet despite Russia's statements, it remains unclear whether or not it is in Moscow's interests to defuse the situation, or allow Israel and Iran to battle it out further. The Iranians declare their intention to attack us.
With the latest escalation, Russian Federation is seen by many observers as the key to possibly defusing the situation between Israel and Iran, as it enjoys warm relations with both countries and is the major military power on the ground in Syria.
"President Trump's unilateral plans to tighten sanctions against Iran and pull out of the JCPOA agreement could see Iranian oil production and exports fall sharply", Dan Smith of Oxford Economics said on Wednesday evening.
That attack killed 15 people, including eight Iranians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, though the commander said there were no casualties.
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