Israel weighs consequences of US-led tripartite attack on Syria


The joint missile strike by the U.S., Britain and France on Saturday came just days after Israeli forces reportedly attacked a Syrian air base.

Israel released satellite images yesterday of Iranian bases in Syria, a clear warning to its old enemy as both are drawn deeper into the Syrian conflict.

It appears that Trump will keep US troops in Syria for as short a time as possible, which will undermine Israel's leverage with the Russians to limit Iran's involvement in Syria. "And we take our economic power and our military might and we weld them together to have unprecedented diplomatic flourishing of Israel's relations around the world". Earlier it was reported that two F-15 Israel struck eight missiles on the airfield Tifor.

But "Iran is trying to take advantage of the Shiite-Sunni conflict within Syria in order to create a reality in Syria that will enable it to attack Israel, so in practice it's not totally separated", she told Xinhua.

There was no immediate response from the IRGC or Syria.

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Iran, Israel's arch-foe, has cast its military personnel in Syria as reinforcements helping President Bashar Assad battle a seven-year-old insurgency. It is believed to be the largest ever loss of life by Iran's military in an Israeli attack in Syria. The Iranians have also described their cargo flights to Syria as carrying humanitarian aid only.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has outlined three goals of the Trump administration in Syria: a ban on the use of chemical weapons, a full defeat of ISIS, and preventing Iran from "taking over the area".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out swinging in response to the Iranian comments on Monday asserting that Israel was "more powerful" than ever. "There could be a very big belligerent incident with Iran and Hezbollah".

Israel also fears that Russian Federation may arm the Syrian air force with more sophisticated air defense systems that could weaken Israel's ability to strike, Lisnyansky noted.

Russia, which long turned a blind eye to Israeli actions in Syria while serving as a brake on retaliation by Iran or its Lebanese Hezbollah guerrilla allies, is now at loggerheads with Western powers over accusations, denied by Syria's government, that it has used chemical weaponry in fighting.