Are Israel and Iran inching closer to war?

He said he anxious about Benjamin Netanyahu's "bellicosity, acting contrary to so much professional opinion and advice", in reference to senior Israeli military figures who have argued for keeping the deal on the basis that it is working. Oil prices rose while Israel's currency and stock markets gained. Israel reported none on its side.

Riedel noted that the United States was no longer playing the role it has traditionally occupied in the Middle East. On a number of occasions, Russian Federation has fed intelligence about Iranian positions in Syria to Israel, who proceeded to attack these targets.

"But with respect to Israel's justification for this action, they definitely see this as in some ways preventing further Iranian...moves in the future". The IDF was prepared, intercepting the rockets with Iron Dome missile-defense system, and then going on the offensive in a massive wave of firepower.

On the creation of Israel in 1948, the shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, establishes close ties with the new country.

On Thursday, the White House condemned Iran's rocket attacks but failed to mention Israel's strikes on military targets in Syria.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sought to calm concerns that the major escalation along a highly volatile frontier was the opening salvo in a wider war. "We need to unite to dismember the arm of the evil that is spreading itself in every place", Netanyahu said, adding that Israeli "policy is clear". "We have no desire to escalate".

Tehran is wary of a wider military conflagration with Israel that could jeopardize its military achievements in Syria at a time when it is trying to salvage the global nuclear deal and may be limited in its ability to strike back.

What's behind the latest military action?

But Iran flatly denied the Israeli version of events on Friday, saying Israel's attacks were carried out on false "pretexts". It was also a rare acknowledgement of an Israeli assault.

Israel responded with jet strikes against "dozens" of Iranian military installations in Syria.

Qasemi criticized what he called "the silence of countries and global institutions in the face of such acts and aggressive behavior by the Zionist regime".

Legitimate defense against the aggressors is the right of the resistant government and nation of Syria, the foreign ministry spokesman added.

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.

Kozhin's comments also come two days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled to Russian Federation for talks with Putin focusing on "ensuring ongoing military cooperation in Syria".

Israel annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 after capturing it from Syria in the Six Day War in 1967. It also attacked Syrian anti-aircraft batteries after they entered the fray.

"28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircraft were used in the attack, which released around 60 air-to-ground missiles over various parts of Syria".

"This really does appear to be a very strong message Israel is sending to Iran to back down". The Israeli military had no comment. It said half the missiles were shot down.

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.

During a visit to Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, on May 11, Votel said Iran was raising the stakes "for miscalculation and conflict" in the Middle East.

For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at USA diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the embassy move, anticipating possible violence even as administration officials say the issue no longer galvanizes the Mideast the way it once did.

Iran's feared Savak secret police is created in 1957 with the help of the Central Intelligence Agency and eventually Israel's Mossad.

  • Leroy Wright