Eleven Iranians among dead in Israel strikes on Syria on Thursday: monitor

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The more Iranian power grows and its allies, such as Hezbollah, seek to engage in governing institutions, the more an Israel-Iran conflict imperils these carefully managed gains. If it wants to keep its influence it will de-escalate the rising tensions near the Golan. Iran is too powerful now to risk a large-scale confrontation with Israel.

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

Speaking in the north of Israel earlier Friday, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman sent a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad, telling him to "throw" Iranian forces out of his country.

Israel said the strikes it carried out against Iranian assets inside Syria on Thursday were retaliation for an Iranian rocket barrage on its positions in the Golan Heights, the disputed territory between Syria and Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel would be victorious in its "ongoing campaign" against Iran. A war monitor said the missile exchange left 23 fighters dead.

Zarif on Tuesday will meet with his counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels.

All five have condemned Trump's move to walk out of the deal and reimpose crippling sanctions, but European companies in particular will be highly vulnerable to economic pressure from Washington.

Sanders went on to accuse Tehran of "destabilizing the Middle East ... even as the Iranian people are victims of a struggling economy".

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain". The U.S., Israel and the Saudis could decide it's time to knock them completely out of the game and make a combined strike against their nuclear facilities and military.




In Jerusalem, around 200 Jews gathered at the Western Wall for prayers "against the enemy".

"We did not cross Iran's borders", he said.

It does seem that Israel might be seeking this opportunity to subvert the upper hand recently gained by Iranian and Syrian forces against rebel strongholds around Damascus.

But if they do escalate, the region could face one of its worst cross-border conflicts in decades, one that could potentially drag in the United States, a major ally of Israel, and Russian Federation, which is Syria's mightiest ally.

Israeli leaders assess that the Israeli action has made it clear to Tehran that it does not possess the operational infrastructure it needs in Syria to successfully contend with IDF capabilities, the report said.

They also see a rare chance for Iran to hold the moral high ground.

Asked how he could reassure Iranian citizens, he said: "We are faithful to our commitments". Israel fears that will allow Iran to more easily transfer weapons to Hezbollah, Lebanon's powerful Shiite guerrilla force, and reinforce the militant group's influence over the region.

However, one analyst at London's Chatham House, Yossi Mekelberg, said the strikes on Iranian targets "were likely undertaken with tacit Russian approval".

The decision came days after US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal that curbs the country's nuclear ambitions.

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