Iran-Israel Conflict: Israel has a Right to Defend Itself, European Union

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Israel said it had attacked almost all of Iran's military infrastructure in Syria on May 10 after Iranian forces fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

"The Zionist regime's frequent attacks on Syria under fabricated and baseless excuses is a breach of the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and in defiance of all worldwide laws and regulations", Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasem said.

"We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria", Netanyahu said on Thursday, amid some of the worst direct violence in years between arch-rivals Iran and Israel.

Syrian air defences, which fired dozens of times on Israeli jets, were also targeted, he said.

Jerusalem has repeatedly warned that any Iranian strike on Israel from territory in Syria would lead to a 'major response.' The Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said President Assad should 'throw the Iranians out'.


On Tuesday, shortly after Trump finished his speech announcing the pullout from the nuclear deal, the Israeli military said it had identified "irregular activity" by Iranian forces in Syria and instructed civil authorities in the Golan Heights to prepare bomb shelters.

"We condemn any attempt to harm Israel's security", Le Drian said in an interview in Friday's edition of newspaper Le Parisien. "We are getting closer to the brink", said Heiko Wimmen, of the International Crisis Group. "The extent to which we can keep this deal alive.is something we need to discuss with Iran", said Merkel, who earlier spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Netanyahu has long opposed the Iranian nuclear accord, claiming that Tehran fully intends to acquire nuclear weapons.

The world has watched closely this week, as tensions escalate between Iran and Israel.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line" by targeting Israel's forces in the occupied Golan Heights, and that the resulting bombardment, which a monitor said killed 23 fighters, "was a outcome".


Late Wednesday night, Iranian forces launched about 20 rockets at Israel from Syria's territory.

Israeli attacks on Iranian targets in Syria may also be useful for Moscow.

Al Akhbar reported the targets of the strike were Syrian army bases being used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and Shiite militias with troops from Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Syrian army said three people were killed and two were wounded in the attack. Israel has carried out scores of air strikes against suspected shipments.

"For now, we're not talking about any deliveries of new modern (air defense) systems", Izvestia cited Kozhin as saying when asked about the possibility of supplying Syria with S-300s.


"The New Zealand government has, so far, not acknowledged any flaws in the Obama-negotiated Iran nuclear deal or commented on the recent revelations that Iran clearly lied to theInternational Atomic Energy Agency about their nuclear program". If Iran looks like it is spinning up a regional conflict, it may invite a USA attack that would seal its fate.

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