Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

A new American-Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East

A new American-Israeli-Arab alliance in the Middle East

The strikes, it alleged, had come in response to "rockets fired by the Quds Force [from Syrian territory] at IDF forward posts in the Golan Heights".

Israel struck back with its heaviest air strikes in Syria since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, saying it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure.

The White House swiftly condemned Iran's "provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens" and expressed strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense", while Russian Federation said the Israeli strikes marked a risky escalation and urged both Israel and Iran to avoid provoking each other.

Anxious about a new full-fledged war in the region between Iran and Israel, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to call for an immediate halt to "all hostile acts" after Israel and Iranian forces traded missile strikes in Syria and at the Golan Heights border.

The confrontation came two days after US President Donald Trump announced the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 worldwide nuclear accord with Iran, a move welcomed by Israel and Saudi Arabia.

May also reiterated the UK's position on the Iran nuclear deal, noting that "we and our European partners remain firmly committed to ensuring the deal is upheld, as the best way of preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon", the statement added.

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Observers have noted Russia's lack of condemnation of Israel, whereas Moscow did criticise an Israeli strike on Syria in April. Israel would certainly object to an Iranian naval presence as well.

Iran says it is ready to restart its nuclear program on an "industrial scale" in the wake of the decision by US President Donald Trump to abandon the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.

Khamenei said this week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has refused to recognize Israel.

The clashes will eventually likely lead not to further escalation, but to the "consolidation of new "red lines" tacitly endorsed by Israel and Iran", he said in an analysis written for the Carnegie Middle East Center. Targets have included an air base used by the Iranian military as well as arms convoys bound for Hezbollah, the Iranian-armed Shiite group in Lebanon that's repeatedly fought with Israel.

At some point, observers believed that Israel was aiding rebels to create a buffer zone on the Syrian side of the border akin to what it did in Lebanon during the Lebanese civil war.

"I'm not going to assume Iran is doing what it does", and exasperated Nauert replied, citing examples of Iran's backing of terrorists in other countries as well as firing of missiles at their enemies.

Iranian forces in Syria have sent rockets hurdling towards army bases in the Golan Heights, across the border in Israel, according to reports.

The timing of the February attack is significant because it came well before any indication that President Trump had chose to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria on Thursday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday. The Syrian military has "everything it needs", he said.

In Yemen, the war in its fourth year is seen as a proxy between Saudi Arabia and Iran and can be a place for Tehran to retaliate and increase pressure.

This coming Monday, the president's daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump and other dignitaries will participate in a ceremony officially relocating the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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