Israel says it attacked targets in Syria after Iranian rocket fire

But he is a moderate. The rocket barrage was sacked from Syria at Israel at around midnight.

It's their comrades who have been killed in Israeli strikes and their patience will have worn thinner than Rouhani's strategic politicking.

"We are aware of reports that approximately 20 projectiles were launched into Israel", the official said".

While Israel has repeatedly clashed with Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, it was the first time Israel had directly accused Iran of firing toward Israeli-held territory.

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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the USA decision to withdraw from the deal was a serious blow.

The series of airstrikes came immediately on the heels of a rocket attack on Israel's Golan Heights by Iranian forces operating out of southern Syria.

"For now, we're not talking about any deliveries of new modern (air defense) systems", Izvestia cited Kozhin as saying when asked about the possibility of supplying Syria with S-300s. The Israeli military said Israel had forewarned Russian Federation of its strikes on Thursday.

Recently re-elected, he has plenty of political capital but not a lot of real cash to spare.

Accordingly, President Trump is correct in working to restore global sanctions, even if major powers like Russian Federation and China have every economic interest to thwart his efforts.

Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, an annual security gathering north of Tel Aviv, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would response fiercely to any further Iranian actions.

But in the past few weeks, Israel has shifted to a more direct and public confrontation with Iran, striking at Iranian bases, weapons depots and rocket launchers across Syria, and killing Iranian troops.

For whatever reason, Putin appeared willing to see Iran hit, knowing the straining and destabilizing effect it may have on their alliance backing Assad. But many chose to ignore the gaping holes in this permissive deal that allowed Iran to maintain its nuclear program without violating the deal. But it also emphasizes the diminishing United States influence in Syria - and the region in general.

For years, Iran's clerical regime has chanted "Death to Israel" and supported Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas on Israel's borders in Gaza and the West Bank, which the U.S. designates as terror organizations.

The spokesman went on to describe the strikes as "one of the largest" air attacks by the Israeli Air Force in recent years. Moreover, it is now clear that Iran was using the 2015 deal to obtain breathing space in which its military and economic resources could be consolidated while continuing research and development on ballistic missiles. The Huthis are battling a Saudi-led coalition that supports Yemen's government.

If America's withdrawal from the nuclear deal provokes Iran to expand its nuclear program once more, the risk of Israeli or American attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities will start growing, as it did between 2011 and 2013.

  • Jon Douglas