Israel v Iran: Are they heading for a war?

  • Israel v Iran: Are they heading for a war?

Israel v Iran: Are they heading for a war?

The White House also condemned Iran's "provocative attack" in a statement, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying Iran has deployed into Syria "offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel".

"They need to decide if they want to increase the friction and for example ask Hezbollah to do something, or they understand that at this stage they can not take action against us and need to wait".

As tensions escalated, especially in its northern region bordering Syria, the Israeli Premier called upon the worldwide community to prevent "the Iranian Al-Quds force from establishing itself in Syria".

He warned that Israel will act forcibly to any response to its attacks.

"If we get rain, then they will get a flood", the defense minister said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said dozens of rockets were fired from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied Golan, but did not confirm they were fired by Iranian forces.

Israel responded Thursday with an unprecedented counterstrike on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, where the two have been fighting a proxy war for years.

The Israeli blitz came after Iranian forces fired 20 rockets at the Golan Heights, causing little damage but no casualties.

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.

Iran and Israel were already drawing deeper into confrontation before Trump pulled the United States out of the deal, but his move has shaken up the region.

It was the heaviest Israeli barrage in Syria since the 2011 start of the civil war in which Iranians, allied Shiite Muslim militias and Russian troops have deployed in support of President Bashar al-Assad.

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. "That's exactly what happened yesterday", he said. "Increased US pressure on Iran has certainly helped Israel fulfill its agenda". "These matters are very important to Israel's security at all times and especially at this time", he said.

"We stand ready because the Iranians may try to attack again, to provoke again, and we will have to defend ourselves as we have done so far", he said. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran, with strong support from Israel, has further raised tensions.

The clashes will eventually likely lead not to further escalation, but to the "consolidation of new "red lines" tacitly endorsed by Israel and Iran", he said in an analysis written for the Carnegie Middle East Center.

Earlier this week, Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost near Damascus.

The remains of an Iranian drone that was shot down by the Israeli Air Force after it penetrated Israeli airspace on February 10, 2018.

"Even with USA support and a green light from a supportive president, the military campaign will fall primarily on Israel", reasoned Amos Yadlin, the former head of Israeli military intelligence and now the director of Tel Aviv University's Institute for National Security Studies.

Israel might attack airports in Lebanon, Syria and even Iraq to prevent the movement of Iranian troops and equipment.