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Israel v Iran: Are they heading for a war?

12 Mai 2018

It posted a poorly edited picture showing Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei pulling the strings of a Bashar Assad marionette, against the backdrop of a ruined city ravaged by explosions.

Danny Danon said in letters to the council and UN chief Antonio Guterres that "the global community must not stand idly by while a tyrannical regime attacks a sovereign nation and continues to threaten the very existence of a member-state of the United Nations".

Most disturbingly, the Quds Force had begun initiating the next stage of Iran's takeover of Syria.

Israel is expanding its influence and control deeper into opposition-held southern Syria, according to multiple sources in the area.

The possible collapse of a deal which had promised to keep Iran in check comes as Israel attacked Iran's military installations in Syria. At the time, Iran is home to the biggest Jewish community in the Middle East. The two countries were the main allies of the United States in the region, and Iranian oil was shipped to Israel during the 1973 war. On Tuesday night the Quds Force, led by the charismatic and notorious Gen. Qasem Soleimani, dispatched a truck rocket-launcher towards Israel. Israel's massive aerial attacks earlier today on Iranians and Syrians - its most extensive cross-border strikes in decades - are carrying out this propaganda strategy to perfection, and even normally skeptical news outlets are being fooled.

In 1980 the Iranian-inspired group Islamic Jihad becomes the first Islamist Palestinian organisation to take up arms against Israel, with Iran as its main financial backer.

But the Iranians did not take the hint.

In 1967, Israel and Syria fought the Six-Day War, which resulted in Israel capturing most of the Golan Heights.

When Iran resumes uranium enrichment activities at Ispahan the same year, Israel calls on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. They paid a price for that decision; a good number of units were destroyed in Israeli counter-strikes. "Iran is also behind the bombing of Jewish and Israeli targets in Argentina and Bulgaria; and in April sent a drone with explosives into Israeli airspace". Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel had retaliated with its largest strike in Syria since the outbreak of the civil war in 2011, and that Israel had hit "nearly all" Iranian military facilities in Syria.

It's too soon to know if this round of fighting has ended. "Also, it will not hesitate to launch its own retaliatory attacks onto Israeli military positions in accordance with its undisputed right of self-defense and holding the aggressor accountable", Moustapha said. Iranian officials have rejected any new accord.

France and Germany have urged Israel and Iran to exercise restraint and avoid further escalation of hostilities in the Middle East after the heaviest military exchange ever between the two regional adversaries. "The current Iran deal does little to stop the Supreme Leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran from achieving its goals of nuclear power and continuing support for terror". The Israeli military had no comment.

Israel v Iran: Are they heading for a war?