Syria will not hesitate to retaliate against Israeli attacks: Envoy

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus said later that damage to Israeli positions was "limited".

The Syrian envoy rejected the Israeli claim that its assault had been directed at Iranian infrastructure.

The US and Britain on Friday condemned Iran's "destabilising" behaviour in the Middle East, saying its actions pose a severe threat to worldwide peace and stability.

"The Israelis are obviously desirous of this, and they've requested this, and they're very happy by it", Friedman said. War begets war. Not to engage in both-sidesism, but it's true here: Israel and Iran have both intentionally escalated tensions, and that's why we find ourselves at this perilous moment. But it seemed to carefully calibrate its response by targeting the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981 in a move that is not internationally recognized, instead of striking Israel proper.

The Iranian axis in Syria, with the help of Russian airpower, has almost completed its victory over the Sunni rebel organizations and could now turn its attention to stage two of its Syrian project: Israel. Israel is a touchy subject for Jews like me, as the history of my people is not too dissimilar from what the Palestinians are going through right now.

"We proceed from the fact that all issues should be solved through dialogue".

Even so, the State Department's security wing has been preparing for weeks to bolster security at embassies throughout the Muslim world in the event there is violence, according to an administration official familiar with the planning.

Over the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.


Dr Cumin says that this is why Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are supportive of the United States decision to withdraw from the region and why Iranians have taken to Twitter to thank Trump.

"The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's fearless nuclear scientists", Zarif posted on his official Twitter page.

Israel has always been wary of Iran's growing influence in the region.

What exactly happened on Thursday? "Iran is also behind the bombing of Jewish and Israeli targets in Argentina and Bulgaria; and in April sent a drone with explosives into Israeli airspace".

"The New Zealand government has, so far, not acknowledged any flaws in the Obama-negotiated Iran nuclear deal or commented on the recent revelations that Iran clearly lied to theInternational Atomic Energy Agency about their nuclear program".

Israel has called on the U.N. Security Council and secretary-general to condemn Iran's attack on its positions in the Golan Heights, occupied and annexed by Israel.

Several of Syrian President Bashar Assad's air-defense batteries made the mistake of getting involved in the fight, firing surface-to-air missiles at Israeli jets.

Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the US and Western allies to negotiate a new deal, one that goes beyond restricting the nuclear program to curb Iran's military power in the region. "Syria has every right to defend itself".

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