IDF Post Images of Reported Iranian Infrastructure Hit in Syria
May 11 2018
Tel Aviv: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad not to respond to Israel's large-scale air attack on Syria. "Yesterday, I sent a clear message to the Assad regime: Our actions are aimed at Iranian targets inside Syria".
"They need to decide if they want to increase the friction, or they understand that at this stage they can not take actions against us, and they need to wait".
"The global community must prevent the entrenchment of Iran's Quds Force in Syria", Netanyahu added.
Israel has been on heightened alert in recent days, anticipating an Iranian attack following Iranian vows to retaliate to what it says are recent Israeli strikes in Syria targeting Iranian outposts. "They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it".
"We will not let Iran turn Syria into a forward base against Israel", the Israeli defense minister said.
Embittered by the U.S. administration's withdrawal from the nuclear deal and Israel's destruction of much of its military infrastructure in Syria, but emboldened by the Assad regime troops gaining ground in the country's civil war and Hezbollah's recent gains in the Lebanese elections, the Islamic Republic seems unlikely to relent in its campaign to attack the Jewish State.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said the operation was in retaliation to Iran attacking Israels northern region with a barrage of rockets. The agency said of the alleged attack on the 9900 unit, "The strike from Syria against sensitive targets in occupied Golan caused considerable damage against the Zionist army's preparedness in the field of intelligence".
Washington has no intention, Peek made plain, to take concrete steps to rein in Iran's effort to entrench itself militarily near Israel's border. It also blamed the rocket fire on Iran.
Israel, meanwhile, has the backing of the USA, which has called Iran's attack provocative.
Iran pushed allied militias toward the Golan Heights and moved rockets and rocket production into Syria to better supply Hezbollah with more accurate weaponry.
The immediate tensions stem from an Israeli air strike on what they claimed was an Iranian drone facility at the so-called T-4 air base, near Palmyra, on 9 April, which reportedly killed several Iranian military advisers.
The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) has maintained contact with the Syrian Arab Armed Forces and Israel Defense Forces, urging both parties to exercise maximum restraint and abide by their obligations under the Disengagement of Forces Agreement.
Netanyahu sees that decision as a "green light to go after Iran in Syria, the consequences be damned", said Heras.
Conricus said Israel was not looking to escalate the situation but that troops will continue to be on "very high alert".
"Israel has been chomping at the bit to take a big bite out of Iran's forces in Syria", said Nicholas Heras of the Center for a New American Security. Iranian media outlets have also not attributed the Golan strike to Iran, instead reporting that Syria had carried out the strikes. The global community's silence encourages Israel's aggression.
Trump made no mention of assessments by the USA intelligence community and the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency, which has nuclear inspectors in Iran, that Tehran is complying with the 2015 deal.