Where's the Coverage? Iranian Drone Shot Down by Israel Was Armed

Mike Theiler  Sipa USA  TNS

An American attack won't target T-4, which is controlled by Iran, but more likely a base housing the Syrian planes that conducted the chemical attack.

Speaking at a session of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF)'s General Staff, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted recent remarks issued by Tehran towards Israel. There is definitely a clash of interests, threat perceptions and a no agreement of how to handle the Iranian presence, designs and operations in Syria.

Israel and Syria are technically in a state of war, but have not engaged in sustained armed conflict since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

In the meantime, as war of words heighten between Iran and Israel, the state of alert in northern Israel continues too, reported Y.Net News website, adding that Netanyahu's tone has become "clearer" as Iran's threat turned more serious. It could be devastating for Israel's flourishing high-tech economy and for Iran's already collapsing currency. While strategically important, these interventions have generally passed under the radar and have not received major media attention.

On April 14, the United States, Britain and France delivered a massive strike on Syria without asking for consent from the UN Security Council. "We are ready for a multi-front scenario and I don't remember a time when we were so prepared and so ready, both the army and the people of Israel".

Does either side want war?

Sky News Arabia cited an IDF official as saying that Israel is determined to strike back if Iran decides to retaliate in response to the attack on the T-4 airbase.

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The exception has been Israeli strikes against Syrian weapons convoys en route to Hezbollah. While Iranian agencies confirmed the killing of seven Iranians of the Revolutionary Guards.

That opposition may be motivated not only by Iran's commitment to anti-Western allies or to its efforts at regional expansion, but also by fears over the broader implications of American and European measures that challenge Iran's dominance in Syria.

Though not as sharp as recent statements by other Iranian officials, one of which threatened to destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa earlier this month, Zarif warned Israel of striking Iranian bases again.

Iran's clout across four foreign capitals - Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sanaa - has been no easy feat to establish and maintain.

But economic restraints have never stopped Suleimani and his Quds Force before and may not now. High-tech surveillance and weaponry can be easily transported to Hezbollah in Lebanon, and threaten the Israeli border on multiple fault lines.

Soleimani has extended Tehran's hold on key parts of the Sunni Arab world, and is keen to reap the rewards of his investment. Furthermore, the fact that the operation was of a limited scope, isolated, pertaining exclusively to the use of chemicals by the Syrian regime and coupled with a repeated assertion by President Trump of his desire to pull out of Syria is hardly serving the Israeli agenda in Syria. An Iranian attack is anticipated, and will allow Iran to demonstrate the power it holds across the region. The attack came almost a week after a suspected toxic gas attack that they believed Bashar al-Assad was behind. Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are all viable options to launch a missile or rocket attack from - the expected retaliatory delivery - putting Israel in an uncomfortable position where it must demonstrate its defence mechanisms.

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