Iran anger at Israeli strikes on Syria

Saul Bowman
May 14, 2018

Israeli war planes attacked "dozens" of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria on Thursday after an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, according to their militaries.

"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.

By contrast, the massive Israeli response has destroyed "nearly all" of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria, claimed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman.

Israel's government was a strong supporter of, and advocate for, Trump's decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal and has been readying itself for a possible regional flare-up. Iran started the fighting, and if they don't like the results, they can solve the situation by "restraining" themselves from firing rockets into Israel. The broadcaster also described the Israeli attack as "unprecedented" since the 1967 Mideast war. This appears to be the first time Iranian forces have directly attacked Israel.

The Israeli military earlier said several air raid sirens had sounded in the area of the Golan Heights and it is looking into the cause.

The extent of the damage inflicted by the Israeli airstrikes was not immediately clear.

"What is happening is a settling of accounts between two regional states - occupying powers - and the Syrian people is paying the price", he stated.

The Quds, the special forces unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, aid the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria.

There was no immediate comment from Iran.

Iran's Foreign Ministry condemned the strikes, calling them a "blatant violation of the country's sovereignty".


Russian Federation urged mutual calm after the massive air war in which its ally, Iran, suffered badly.

Ahmad Khatami, leader of the Friday Prayer, vowed Iran would turn "Tel Aviv and Haifa to dust" if attacked by Israel. "They are determined to do it, and we are determined to prevent it. I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood".

The spokesman did not mention the Iranian bases Israel said were targeted in the operation.

The Golan attack was "just further demonstration that the Iranian regime can not be trusted and another good reminder that the president made the right decision to get out of the Iran deal", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News.

Israel has also gone out of its way to remain neutral on Russian Federation amid growing Western concerns over its actions in recent years. He said Moscow warned Israel to avoid "all actions that could be seen as provocative".

"We hit almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", Lieberman told a security conference.

It blamed Iran's Quds force, adding that Israel's anti-missile system intercepted four while the rest did not land in its territory. Israel isn't interested in proportionality when it comes to attacks on their country.

After the attack, not even Iran's allies came to its defense, with even Bahrain condemning Iran's attack, though Iran was badly punished for it. "It means we are on a collision course".

The concern now in Israel is whether Iran will use a proxy to accomplish its goals, possibly deploying one of its major proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon, against them. Israel promised to respond in kind.

Five of those killed are reported to be Syrian soldiers, and the other 18 from forces allied with it, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which has closely followed Syria's civil war.

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