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Where's the Coverage? Iranian Drone Shot Down by Israel Was Armed

20 April 2018

Israel is threatening to take further action of its own, because of Iran, of course.

The report noted that "Israeli officials told the Trump administration about the planned strike in advance so that the USA was aware of their plans to directly target an Iranian base", citing two people briefed on the plans.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said Israel can not accept Iran entrenching itself militarily in neighbouring Syria, where Tehran is supporting President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Iran confirmed that several of its military personnel were killed. The source noted: "It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets-both facilities and people". The official referenced the Iranian drone that infiltrated into Israeli airspace in February, which was shot down by Israel and led to an Israeli retaliatory raid. The target of the drone is still unclear.

One threat is the very extreme radical Iranian ambition to establish a permanent military presence in Syria thus establishing a Shiite crescent from Iran to Lebanon and at the expense of Sunnis in the middle east who are increasingly getting weaker and weaker.

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The attack over the weekend was an important message of deterrence that the US would stand behind its word to not tolerate the use of non-conventional weapons, said Moshe Yaalon, a former Israeli defense minister and chief of staff, in an interview with Israel Radio. We have no other option. For Russia, as seen from Jerusalem, the Iranian project in Syria is a problem but of a different magnitude and not necessarily requiring immediate or decisive responses.

Deputy Hezbollah leader Sheikh Naim Qassem echoed the threats from Tehran.

Yossi Kuperwasser, former director-general of Israel's Ministry of Strategic Affairs, said that conflict between the two countries is not necessarily inevitable.

Satellite images released Tuesday by Israeli Defense Forces show the scope of the military relationship between Iran and Syria. Israel also is a heavy-lifter militarily, with the latest fighter jets and defense systems, some of which it sells throughout the world.

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But in general, Israel has stayed out of the Syrian war.

The mistaken message came with tensions high between Israel and its main enemy Iran over a recent strike in Syria attributed to the Jewish state. This is likely because Iran is a close ally of Damascus and it must balance its desire to build influence in Syria with knowledge that a wider war with Israel could threaten its ally, Syria. "Israel remains alone in the campaign against the consolidation by Iran and its proxies in Syria", the researchers wrote.

Now in its seventh year of civil war, Syria has become a diplomatic powder keg. Yet the consequences of a US withdrawal from Syria would be far greater than those of former President Barack Obama's withdrawal, because Russian Federation was not a factor in Iraq and the Israelis did not see Iran's heavy presence there as a direct threat to their security.

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Where's the Coverage? Iranian Drone Shot Down by Israel Was Armed