Israel strikes Iranian targets in Syria after rocket fire on Golan Heights

French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination in Syria.

"Yesterday I conveyed a clear message to the Assad regime: Our activity is directed against Iranian targets in Syria", Netanyahu said in a video statement. The pan-Arab Al Hayat newspaper reported Thursday that Russian Federation and Israel were developing an agreement to keep Iran out of southern Syria and allow Syrian government forces to retake the region.

"We all know that comes from the Al-Quds drive", military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus stated, referring to the particular forces unit affiliated with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

The White House, in a statement, condemned Iran's " provocative rocket attacks" from Syria and said it supported Israel's right to defend itself. "If anyone hurts us, we will hurt them sevenfold".

The Syrian military said the Israeli strikes killed three people and wounded two, without saying if any Iranians or Iran-backed militiamen were among them.

The Secretary-General followed with utmost concern reports overnight of missile launches from Syria targeting Israeli positions and retaliatory strikes by the Israel Defense Forces, that followed earlier strikes in Syria on Sunday, 6 May. Al-Khalifa's comment is even more astonishing given that Iran's Revolutionary Guards were believed to be aiming at military targets (as opposed to civilians) in the Golan - a piece of land Israel captured in 1967 and formally annexed in 1981, but which the global community still considers occupied Syrian territory.

Washington has no intention, Peek made plain, to take concrete steps to rein in Iran's effort to entrench itself militarily near Israel's border. Iran also installed air-defense systems that can reach into Israel.

Iran could directly attack Israel or alternatively activate its proxy Hezbollah.

It said it was not immediately clear if Iranians were among those killed. "We need to unite in order to cut off its spreading tentacles of evil there and everywhere", he said, referring to the Iranian strike force advising the Assad regime in quelling the civil war in Syria.

"We hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", stated Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

That deployment "is an unacceptable and highly unsafe development for the entire Middle East", she said. "These matters are very important to Israel's security at all times and especially at this time", he said.

If confirmed, the incident would be the first time Iran had sought to directly attack Israeli-controlled territory aside from an alleged attempted drone attack in February. Israel responded by attacking anti-aircraft positions in Syria, and an Israeli warplane was shot down during the battle.

"Israel has been chomping at the bit to take a big bite out of Iran s forces in Syria", said Nicholas Heras, of the Center for a New American Security.

Late Tuesday, Syrian state media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital of Damascus. Iran's rocket attack also came a couple days after President Trump announced he was pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

However the chairman of his nation's parliamentary committee on global affairs, Allaeddine Boroujerdi, condemned the strikes, warning that "Israel has entered a harmful recreation".

"I think the opposite is true now", Dubowitz said, noting that Trump appeared to favor tougher economic pressure on Iran, not military action.

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