Iran says Syria has every right to defend itself against Israel

Posted May 14, 2018

Daniel Douek teaches political science at Concordia University and McGill University. Iran's leaders have called for Israel's elimination ever since the Iranian revolution in 1979, when religious hardliners came to power.

Earlier, in his interview with Russian Presidential Aide for Defense Industry Cooperation, Vladimir Kozhin, he said that the issue of Russia supplying an S-300 to Syria was not yet on the agenda since Damascus "has everything it needs".

Russian Federation warned Iran ahead of Israel's massive attack on its bases and facilities inside Syria, according to the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday. "It is time for responsible nations to bring pressure on Iran to change this risky behavior", added the Press Secretary.

Iran wants to construct a network of organizations like Badr and Hezbollah, together with the Assad regime, to cement its influence.

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Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Israel has carried out more than 100 air strikes on Syrian soil, mainly to prevent Iran from sending advanced weaponry via Syria's air bases to Hezbollah.

Southern Syria was quiet but tense, with monitors saying Syrian, Iranian and allied Lebanese forces from Hezbollah were on high alert. But the Israeli Air Force has had to be wary of Russia's ultramodern air-defence umbrella of jets and missiles over Syrian air space.

The IDF stated that they were attacked more than 50 targets, including Syrian air defense system.

Syria blamed Israel for the Tuesday strikes that hit near the capital.

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Russian Federation is backing away from a proposal to supply the Syrian government with a state-of-the-art missile defense system following a visit to Moscow by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to media reports.

Iran's drive to retaliate against Israel has led it to badly underestimate Jerusalem's resolve and resulted in unprecedented destruction wrought on its infrastructure in Syria.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees it could maintain trade ties despite renewed United States sanctions.

Israeli officials told Hadashot TV news Friday night that the security cabinet believes Iran "has gotten the Israeli message, and won't mess with us in the near future", - a day after Israel launched dozens of strikes on Iranian military sites in Syria in response to an Iranian missile barrage directed at northern Israel.

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"Almost every single entity [in Syria], whether it's a Sunni militia or the Assad regime, or Hezbollah, or Iran, they're all collectively, and individually, speaking anti-Israel", said Alvi.