Iran vs. Israel: How to respond to escalating tensions in the Mideast

Iran vs. Israel: How to respond to escalating tensions in the Mideast

Despite militarily backing Assad's government for nearly three years, Russian Federation has allowed Israel freedom of movement in Syria's skies and a statement distributed by Netanyahu's office after their phone call on Saturday insisted that would continue. For Israel, this means a future in which not only Hamas and Hezbollah but Iran breathes down its neck.

Israel has now sent warplanes to attack sites in the war-torn country, further complicating an already complex picture.

Another question American media personnel leave unanswered came up in a recent news release: "Israel Bombs Syria".

Israel responded to the Iranian incursion by dispatching fighter jets to attack targets in Syria, including the Tiyas air base, near Palmyra, where the Iranian drone reportedly took off from.

More than 24 hours after the incident, however, Israeli accounts of the developments were varied and confused.

Then, Israel attacked Syrian air defenses, which had supported the drone. "We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us".

They are vying for control of the Middle East in the wake of the Syrian civil war.

The powder keg was lit in March 2011, amid the Arab Spring uprisings against autocratic regimes. Consequently, Israel may have to turn to Russian Federation, an ally of Iran and Syria, to be the mediator of the conflict, as Russian Federation has been pulling all the strings in Syria in the absence of the U.S.

To recapture oil fields lost in the war, forces backed by Assad crossed the Euphrates into territory taken from ISIS by the USA and our Kurd allies. The growing chaos attracted terrorists from across the region, including remnants of al-Qaeda in Iraq and an offshoot that became the Islamic State (IS).

Iran, however, has rubbished the statements made by Israel and called it "ridiculous".


Russian Federation has been following only one rule pertaining to its involvement in the Middle East since at least 2013: Get involved everywhere.

Moscow having won big in Syria has tried to remain neutral between the Israelis and the Iranians, but how long can it continue its delicate diplomacy?

"I reiterated with him [Russian President Vladimir Putin] our obligation and the right to defend ourselves against attacks from the Syrian territory". In the following months, Tel Aviv could rely on the unconditional backing of the Trump administration and the tacit support of the Sunni Gulf monarchies, to act preemptively against perceived threats by Iran and its allies.

Iran's continued political influence over the Assad government has been a major concern for Israel. Jerusalem for years has been trying to make sure Tehran does not acquire nuclear weapons.

All those forces operating in such close proximity creates a constant risk of a mistake that could trigger conflict outside Syria.

A day before the Israeli jet was shot down, Turkey lost at least one helicopter over Afrin.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was due to begin a previously scheduled visit to the region on Sunday, expecting what a State Department official said would be "tough conversations".

While large areas of the country have stabilized, giving the impression of a war that is winding down, violence has exploded in other areas with renewed ferocity, killing and injuring hundreds of people in a new and unpredictable spiral of bloodshed.

The first red line would be allowing Iran to establish a "forward" military base for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Steinitz said.

In a sense, Israel has demonstrated its desire to trigger an inter-state war as soon as possible, in order to turn the page of proxy wars.

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