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US Backs Israel 'Right to Self-Defense'

13 May 2018

There has been no official declaration by the Iranian government that it was responsible for the attack on the Golan Heights, nor any acknowledgment that Iran's military presence in Syria was impacted by the Israeli strikes.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Tehran would back Syria's "right to defend itself" after missiles hit Iranian-affiliated military targets in the country Thursday.

They say there are no Shia forces in the area and that reports that Iran fired at Israel are false.

Conricus said the Israeli army will maintain a high-level alert in the Golan Heights. The Israeli intelligence coup demonstrates as few things could that the depth of the Iranian regime's extraordinarily complex nuclear deception requires that Iran's entire nuclear infrastructure be dismantled if worldwide security is to be obtained. "I hope we've finished this episode and everyone understood".

"But we did say after the (Western) strikes (on Syria) that of course Russian Federation reserved the right to do anything it considered necessary".

A few weeks ago, Bolton said of the Syrian conflict: "Iran was thinking of the next possible conflict and we were not". It's the first time Iran itself, and not a proxy, has launched an attack on the Jewish state.

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"Whoever hits us will get hit seven times over".

There was no immediate comment from Iran.

Although Israeli officials broadcast the message that daily life would not be disrupted by the tensions - schools were open and farms on the Golan were being tended - oil in NY extended gains. But Tzachi Hanegbi, a cabinet minister close to Netanyahu, cautioned that more confrontation could come.

Russia, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now meeting with President Vladimir Putin, signaled that it would in no way hinder Israel in defending itself against Iranian aggression.

Danny Danon, Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations, called for a United Nations condemnation of Iran's "acts of aggression" and for the Security Council to "demand that Iran remove its military presence from Syria".

Meanwhile, the deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran has a military powerful enough to repel any foreign assault.

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But with the civil war appearing to wind down, and Iranian forces looking to establish a foothold on Israel's doorstep, Israel has stepped up its response.

- Ali Abunimah (@AliAbunimah) May 10, 2018 FYI Syrian commanders on the ground report that it was the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) that responded to Israeli provocations in the Golan Heights.

Indeed, Israel's disproportionate response was, for once, not condemned by the global community.

But as the war appears to be winding down, some analysts say the aims of Russian Federation and Iran are diverging: Moscow prefers a strong secular central government in Syria, while Tehran prefers a weaker government that would allow Iran-backed militias free rein. A bigger war in Syria would require a bigger military spend from him - something that would further strain his own stretched economy. Unfortunately, the situation is very acute.

Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, following a meeting in Aachen, Germany on Thursday, called for "level-headedness and de-escalation in the region".

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US Backs Israel 'Right to Self-Defense'