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?

Iran does not want "new tensions" in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani has told German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after Israel carried out strikes against what it called Iranian targets in Syria.

The reports of an Israeli attack in Kisweh late on Tuesday emerged after US President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal.

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Israel said the bombardment on Thursday was in retaliation for Iranian rocket fire on its positions in the occupied Golan Heights.

An April 9, a suspected Israeli strike killed seven Iranian military personnel at a Syrian airbase.

He noted that in contacts with the leadership of both countries, including a meeting Wednesday between Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, "we underlined the necessity of avoiding any actions that might be mutually provocative".

Israel said it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria in response to the attack, which marked the first time Iranian forces have fired at Israeli-held territory.

Thursday's exchange was the most direct confrontation between the two adversaries ever, which is reported to have lasted for hours. He said the Israeli raids were "very alarming development" and called on both Israel and Iran to avoid provoking each other.

"The main objective of these attacks, supported by the United States, is to divert public opinion from the behavior of the American president (and) his decision to leave the agreement", added Boroujerdi, referring to President Donald Trump's decision this week to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

In an attempt to explain the situation, Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa said on Twitter, "Since Iran violated the status quo in the region and violated countries' (sovereignty) via their forces and missiles, then any country in the region, including Israel, has the right to defend itself by destroying the sources of threat". Le Maire asked. "Or do we want to say we have our economic interests, we consider we will continue to do trade with Iran?". Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a moved no recognized internationally.

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 unsafe development for the entire Middle East".

Israel has often reiterated one of its red lines that it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria.

Amos Gilead, a retired senior Israeli defense official, told 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.

Iran is resolutely opposed to the Jewish state and has long backed a variety of radical groups intent on its destruction. Israeli-Iranian confrontation would likely remain limited after Washington abandoned the nuclear deal, but conflict between the two regional powers will flare on in Syria, experts said on Wednesday. He added, "I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood". Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

Syrian state TV and the Observatory said police forces are getting ready to enter the area on Friday to guarantee security. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.

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

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