Tensions Escalate In Middle East With Israel-Iran Drone Standoff

Posted February 14, 2018

"If Iran continues to threaten and carry out offensive operations against Israel from Syria, Israel will teach Iran a lesson that it will never forget", Katz vowed on Sunday, according to CBN News.

The weekend battle in which an Israeli warplane was shot down for the first time since the 1980s, struck by a hail of Syrian antiaircraft missiles provided by Russian Federation, sharply raised the stakes for Israel and Iran.

Hence the Iranian determination to follow through with this strategy despite their clear understanding of Israel's red lines.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) intercepted a an Iranian drone that crossed into Israel's airspace from Syria- the IDF videotaped the intercept and subsequent destruction of the drone to prevent Iran from claiming it was a propaganda story.

Israel seized upon this to send F-16s to strike the airfield whence the drone originated. "Not much left of it, similar to some parts of the #Syrian air defense array". The IDF said it hit four Iranian positions and eight Syrian sites, including the Syrian military's main command and control bunker. The drone was launched from the Tiyas military airbase-also known as the T-4 airbase, near Palmyra, Syria-journeyed through Jordanian airspace, and was shot down by the Israeli air force over Israeli territory, in order to be able to study it.

Yet Israeli generals only threatened more attacks.

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The drone Iran launched was based off a US model the Islamic Republic captured during the Obama administration, according to Israeli officials. "The United Kingdom is concerned at developments over Israel's border with Syria this weekend".

A Syria war monitor says Israel has struck targets in central Syria and the southwestern suburbs of the capital Damascus in two separate and successive waves of airstrikes.

Iran has said it has no military presence in Syria and is only offering Damascus advisory military help.

"Assad and Hezbollah are the same, and if there will be an attack against us, we will not be obligated to act only against the source of the attack", he said during an interview on Army Radio. For now, at least, the United States appears ready to leave Russian Federation in the lead in Syria. "Israel will continue to maintain aerial superiority and control the skies of the region". "We are very pleased with the backing the U.S. has given the State of Israel".

"We can expect first of all some propaganda, some claims of victory, but the response on the ground is probably going to be measured", Orden told RT.

The fact that Israel and Russian Federation had an "open dialogue" on security matters was important, Liberman said. Should Iran turn course and limit its role in Syria to ease Israel's fears of being encircled by Iran and its proxies, Tehran will lose its credibility as a determined regional power that can support its allies during political and military confrontation with the West & Israel.

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"We are entering a stage in which it's likely we'll see more clashes between Israel and Iranian forces", Zalzberg told the Guardian.

Asked about the United States' performance in Syria and Lebanon, he said that the United States is acting in accordance with its interests, but added that "this is our most important strategic ally...."

"Those should leave Syria who are there without the permission of the Syrian legal government".

"We commend the Syrian response to the Israeli aggression".

While in past crises, Israelis might have turned to the USA for leadership, "it is unclear what diplomatic or military options the administration has at its disposal to help in this case or in any future crises to come", Wilner goes on.

In Gaza, the armed wing of the Islamic group Hamas declared a full alert among its fighters because of the escalation of violence in northern Israel.

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Tillerson pushed back against this notion.