'Throw Iranians out': Israel minister Lieberman to Syria's Assad

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The scope of the attacks - which Israel called its largest in Syria since the 1973 Middle East war - raised the spectre of a full-fledged war between Iran and Israel in Syria, a conflict that could potentially drag the militant Hezbollah and Lebanon into the mix with devastating effects. Israel fired dozens of missiles at what it said were Iranian positions in Syria on Thursday, hours after it said its forces in the occupied Golan Heights had been targeted by Iranian rockets.

"Israel has been profiting from the chaos in Syria for the past seven years - watching Sunni fundamentalists battle Assad and Iranian-backed forces".

The immediate tensions stem from an Israeli air strike on what they claimed was an Iranian drone facility at the so-called T-4 air base, near Palmyra, on 9 April, which reportedly killed several Iranian military advisers. Without Russia's support, Iran's position in Syria is precarious. And with the Assad regime's internal opponents largely defeated, Netanyahu is increasingly concerned that Iran and its allies (Hezbollah and other Shi'a militias) will turn their attention toward targeting Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel would be victorious in its "ongoing campaign" against Iran.

Liberman also told Israelis they should not let the threat from Syria deter them from visiting the north. Iran's proxy ally Hezbollah possesses 140,000 rockets aimed at Israel, including guided missiles capable of hitting strategic targets and population centres.

He said "six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead. I delivered a clear message to the Assad regime, our action is directed against Iranian targets in Syria. Israel's Defense Minister warned: "We always have to be on guard".

Khamenei said this week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Iran appeared determined not to be drawn into a wider regional conflict with Israel during the sensitive negotiations.

"Iran's Military Budget is up more than 40 percent since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached. just another indicator that it was all a big lie", he wrote.

"We came here to pray to God after the victory against Iran" following the USA withdrawal from the nuclear deal, said Aryeh Stern, a rabbi from Jerusalem.

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.

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