Jerusalem has repeatedly warned that any Iranian strike on Israel from territory in Syria would lead to a 'major response.' The Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said President Assad should 'throw the Iranians out'.
Iranian forces based in Syria fired 20 rockets at Israeli front-line military positions in the Golan Heights early on Thursday, the Israeli military said, triggering an Israeli reprisal and escalating already heightened tensions in what appeared to be the most serious violence in years.
Amos Gilead, a retired senior Israeli defense official, said at a security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya that Iran's intentions in Syria meant a wider conflagration may only be a matter of time.
Iranian media described the Israeli attack as "unprecedented", but there was no official Iranian comment on Israel's claims.
It was only a matter of time before Iran pushed back, said Wimmen.
In his speech announcing the US withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Trump called Iran the "world's leading state sponsor of terror", citing its support for "terrorist" proxies and militias such as Hezbollah and Hamas, as well as its activities in Yemen.
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"Certainly, we know that pretty tough statements are being made".
The extent of the damage inflicted by the Israeli airstrikes was not immediately clear. Israel bombed weapons storehouses, logistics sites and intelligence centers, as well as Syrian missile defense systems.
The strikes have prompted threats of retaliation from Tehran, and Israel has girded for a response, ordering bomb shelters open in the Golan.
If The president of the united states really wants to stop the Iranian Regime from taking over the region, then he must start with Syria, where the Regime has used its various proxy militias, including Hezbollah, to prop up the brutal Bashar Assad dictatorship.
There was no immediate word on Iranian casualties.
"The United States condemns the Iranian regime's provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel's right to act in self-defense", said a White House statement. The Islamic Republic and Russian Federation are allied with the brutal Assad regime. It said it intercepted most of the Israeli missiles.
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Nearly immediately after Trump began his speech announcing the US' exit from the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, on Tuesday, Israeli authorities put their soldiers on "high alert" in the Golan Heights, citing heightened Iranian activity across Israel's northern border. If we get rain, they'll get a flood. "I hope we finished this chapter and everyone got the message".
The Israel Defence Force (IDF) claimed that the overnight clash, the largest-ever direct clash between the Iranian and Israeli armies, was a setback to Iran's military capabilities by "many months".
Israel captured the Golan Heights in the 1967 war and annexed it in 1981.
On Tuesday evening, an attack was carried out against Iranian missile depots at the Syrian army's Al-Kiswa base south of Damascus.
"We have established contacts with all parties, and we call for restraint from all parties", said Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov, reported the Tass Russian news agency.
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