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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military coordination in Syria.

In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said "the Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly unsafe development for the entire Middle East". However, if the Syrian military acts against us, we will act against it.

Because if the Israeli-Iranian conflict escalates, possibly turning into a full-fledged war - and given Tehran's apparent determination to entrench itself military in Syria at all costs, this scenario tragically seems increasingly likely - Israel will be on its own.

The White House condemned Iran's "provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens" and expressed strong support for "Israel's right to act in self-defense, " while Russian Federation said the Israeli strikes marked a unsafe escalation, urging both Israel and Iran to avoid provoking each other.

Lukyanov said it may not have been coincidental that the Israeli strikes took place shortly after US President Donald Trump announced his country's withdrawal from the deal.

Israel today launched its largest barrage of rockets to strike Syria in recent years, claiming to target all of Iran's military infrastructure in the country.

The Israeli strikes came after Iranian rocket attack strikes on the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

Syrian state media and a war monitor say opposition fighters and their families have left three southern suburbs of the capital Damascus, bringing the area under government control for the first time in years. Iran called Israel's allegations "childish and ridiculous".

Retired General Michael Hayden, a former director of both the CIA and the National Security Agency, called it "remarkable" that Trump made no mention of USA intelligence assessments in his speech announcing withdrawal from the Iran deal.

There was no immediate comment from Iran.

Israel has carried out more than 100 airstrikes in neighboring Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011, most believed to be aimed at suspected Iranian weapons shipments bound for the Hezbollah militant group.

"Whatever happens in Syria happens under the command of the Syrians", said Marandi.

"We hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", stated Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

"Israel is proud of the IDF and fully trusts him", said Netanyahu.

In such circumstances, Tehran will see Israel's actions as an additional indicator of USA intent. President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

"The process of constraining and reducing Iran's malign influence will be a product of financial and political pressure", Peek said.

However the chairman of his nation's parliamentary committee on worldwide affairs, Allaeddine Boroujerdi, condemned the strikes, warning that "Israel has entered a harmful recreation".

Israel might attack airports in Lebanon, Syria and even Iraq to prevent the movement of Iranian troops and equipment.

The alleged Iranian attack last night - I say alleged because at this stage there is no confirmation from Iranian sources as to the precise authors of the attack - involved a single and relatively short-range system, what appears to have been a multiple-barrelled rocket launcher.


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