Israel Stands Firm: Will Iran Capitulate?

Feb 14, 2018, 17:45
Israel Stands Firm: Will Iran Capitulate?

Israel maintains that four of its F-16 jets were returning from a bombing raid on an Iranian drone control site inside Syria. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) estimate that they extinguished close to 50 percent of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's air defenses in the attacks. One Israeli report quoted the pilots of the downed F-16 - who parachuted out of the warplane - as saying that they realized they had been "hit" only after hearing an explosion.

He added, "This event is the first of its kind in tens of years".

Tehran denied any involvement in the drone penetration claim made by Israel.

Also on February 10, according to the Israeli paper Haaretz, Kurdish fighters backed and armed by the USA shot down a Turkish attack helicopter.

The first red line would be allowing Iran to establish a "forward" military base for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Steinitz said.

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Israel was reluctant to get involved in the Syrian conflict, as was Turkey, and they are now dealing with the consequences of holding back.

'We inflicted on Saturday a heavy blow to Iranian and Syrian forces, ' he said. Israel has been sending messages through all possible channels to Iran, Syria, and Russian Federation that it will not tolerate any kind of Iranian presence and activity along its Syrian border, be it Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) activity or through proxy militias such as Hezbollah. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu says a dozen Syrian and Iranian bases and antiaircraft positions were struck.

While seemingly running against the grain of Iran's modern strategic culture for basing its forces overseas, the prospect of Tehran militarizing parts of Syria or Lebanon long-term is deeply alarming - to say the least.

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

Liberman, who was on a planned visit to the northern Israeli village of Kiryat Shmona near the Lebanese border, said that Israel would continue to respond to any "provocation" on its northern fronts. President Vladimir Putin of Russian Federation immediately spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to stop events spiraling out of control. President Vladimir Putin has not officially confirmed this to his country.

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"We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us", he told his Cabinet.

Speaking in Jordan today, the US Secretary of State said Iran and Iran-backed forces should withdraw from the war-torn nation over concerns from Washington about a recent confrontation between Tehran and Israel. The media, if it were doing its job, would reveal that Israelis have no right to support rebels in the Syrian Civil War by pretending that they are merely defending the right to exist as a model democracy.

Numerous USA troops in Syria are operating with local, Kurdish-dominated allies known as the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the eastern oil-producing Deir el-Zour region along the Euphrates River.

That is: It won't brook a growing Iranian threat from Syria. Both Turkey and Iran are anxious due to their Kurdish minorities, which have argued for independence in decades past.

The military escalation between Israel, Iran & Syria has reached a new risky level that risks dragging the region into another protracted conflict.

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"By Allah's favor and grace, nothing called the Zionist regime will exist by 25 years from now". Specifically, he recommended that the U.S. Now the Syrian regime is dependent on Iran for its survival. The downing of the F-16 had rattled Israel, which while remaining defiant, appeared to be taking stock of this latest qualitative development.