Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israeli strikes kill 42 in Syria this week

Israeli strikes kill 42 in Syria this week

"They will never abandon the United States for us", said Poormoslem, a housewife at the rally.

In February, Israel shot down what it said was a drone that contained explosives sent by Iran from an air base in Syria, prompting Israeli airstrikes that killed at least seven Iranians.

"I have established a basic principle: Whoever strikes us, we are going to strike them", Netanyahu said. Iran's leaders have called for Israel's elimination ever since the Iranian revolution in 1979, when religious hardliners came to power.

Yoav Galant, Israel's housing minister, has accused Iran of being "an imperialist terrorist nation" whose military is aiming to stoke tensions between Jerusalem and the Arab world.

Southern Syria was quiet however tense, with displays saying Syrian, Iranian and allied Lebanese forces from Hezbollah had been on excessive alert.

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

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a sharp critic of the Iran nuclear deal.

But Thursday's air raid came amid heightened tension in the regime after President Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The one most agreeable to the White House would be regime change in Tehran: the association of leading figures in the administration like the national security adviser, John Bolton, with exiled Iranian opposition groups like the Mojahedin-e-Khalq may have be encouraging delusions about the likelihood of this happening.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly risky development for the entire Middle East".

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran 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 courageous nuclear scientists".

The next few days see "Jerusalem Day" on Sunday, the date in the Hebrew calendar when East Jerusalem was captured in the 1967 Middle East war.

He said Israel's "baseless pretexts amount to a blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty and goes against all worldwide conventions".

Russian Federation sent forces to Syria to back President Bashar Assad in 2015.

The journalist asked the question about whether the Israeli attack in the future to restrain the aggression of Iran, to which Lieberman said that it was too early to "celebrate". Hours later, Israeli rocket rockets targeted a military base in Kisweh, a commander in the pro-Syrian government regional alliance said. A rocket attack on Thursday on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights may have been a first salvo, underscoring Tehran's reach.

"We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria", Netanyahu said.

"We are working with Iran to encourage it not to make any ill-considered steps and not to exit", Ushakov said.

The two sides have been on a collision course for months.

Israeli forces have been blamed for a series of recent strikes inside Syria that have killed Iranians, though it has not acknowledged those raids.

In an interview with Russian Tass news agency, Syromolotov said that 20 people had been detained and 17 homes searched as weapons for an attack had been found in western Siberia.

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