Russia has no plans now to deliver advanced S-300 air-defense systems to Syria, President Vladimir Putin’s aide on military cooperation said, an apparent reversal following talks between the Russian leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Increased US pressure on Iran has certainly helped Israel fulfill its agenda”. Whoever prepares themselves to attack us will be attacked first.
Israel conducted its biggest raid inside Syria in at least 30 years, saying Iranian forces there fired a barrage of missiles at the Israeli-held section of the Golan Heights. The Syrian military has “everything it needs”, he said. Syria’s foreign ministry said Israel’s attacks are the “start of a new phase of aggression” against Syria and will do nothing but “increase tensions in the region”.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described his government’s reaction to President Trump’s decision on Tuesday to re-impose USA sanctions on foreign companies that do business with Iran, in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday.
In 1998 Iran says it has successfully tested for the first time its Shahab-3 missiles, whose 1,300-kilometre (780-mile) range means it could reach Israeli territory.
Israeli officials on Friday admitted responsibility for attacking a military airbase in Syria’s Homs province last month that left seven Iranian soldiers dead, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Friday. Israel said Iran has been deploying its allied militias in the area.
But Abolfazl Hassan Beige, a member of Iran’s parliamentary national security committee, accused Israel of “lying” about the strikes, denying any Iranian involvement in Wednesday’s alleged missile attack in the Golan Heights. The White House announcement changed the tactics, but it didn’t change the fact that all of us must work together to prevent Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons. The Mossad coup, coupled to the Thursday morning Israeli strikes in Syria, have sent an unmistakable message to Iran’s leaders and to the Iranian people: the Iranian regime is weak.
However, I suspect that fear of a massive Israeli attack on Iran itself will keep the Iranians in check. In retaliation to the attacks on Iran’s military systems in Syria, prominent Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami threatened attack on two of Israel’s most important cities if the Jewish nation continued on its “foolish” ways.
“This was an operation we prepared for, and were not surprised by”, said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military. Targets have included an air base used by the Iranian military as well as arms convoys bound for Hezbollah, the Iranian-armed Shiite group in Lebanon that’s repeatedly fought with Israel.
Iranian Quds Force commander Maj.
The confrontation came two days after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 multinational agreement aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear programme.
Reiterating a demand voiced by Israel in the past months, Netanyahu urged the global community “to prevent Iran’s al-Quds Force from entrenching itself in Syria”.