Israel Stands Firm: Will Iran Capitulate?

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In attacking a manned Iranian facility in Syria, in broad daylight, while also destroying some 40 percent of Syrian air defense capabilities after its own aircraft was downed, Israel sent a clear message to Tehran, Damascus, and Moscow.

Israel accuses Iran, who is supporting President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's ongoing civil war, of aiding terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The drone Iran launched was based off a USA model the Islamic Republic captured during the Obama administration, according to Israeli officials.

Russian ruler Vladimir Putin gave Turkey a green light to launch its offensive against the Kurds, and his phone call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday put a stop to hostilities between Israel, Syria and Iran. Israel is dissatisfied by the current situation, because it believes no matter the outcome of the Syrian crisis, Iran will benefit from it. Syria claims the drone was simply on a routine mission against the Islamic State.

Iran and Russian Federation have repeatedly called the global community to pay respect to the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria which both have been undermined by interventions from Saudi Arabia, US, Zionist regime, and some other countries which opposed Assad's alignment with Iran.

It often seems that Iran and the Syrian regime are speaking the same narrative.

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The Syrian government has warned the Israeli military of "more surprises" should Tel Aviv commit any further acts of aggression against the Arab country plagued by foreign-sponsored militancy.

Assad is also supported by Russian Federation and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. The world's leading state sponsor of terrorism that pledges to wipe Israel off the map has become much more emboldened since the Obama administration's disastrous nuclear deal offered up billions of dollars in sanctions relief.

ICG senior analyst Ofer Zalzberg told AFP following the latest confrontation that it increased the chances of war over the longer term. "We will continue to strike at every attempt to strike at us". "Not because of the incident itself necessarily but because we are seeing that the parties are now taking more assertive stances".

One of the most confounding - and unsafe - aspects of the six-year conflict in Syria is that its roster of combatants continues to broaden.

"Iran will not step back and will not leave Syria as it is an important geostrategic ally after years of fighting and paying the price for saving it", he said.

The military escalation between Israel, Iran & Syria has reached a new risky level that risks dragging the region into another protracted conflict.

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The United States, for its part, has expressed support of Israel's right to self-defense and has condemned Iranian activity in the region.

Israeli military spokesman Jonathan Conricus said Iran was "responsible for this severe violation of Israeli sovereignty".

Meanwhile, Britain joined the USA on Monday in standing behind Israel following Saturday's developments in the North. During the IAF operation, Syrian surface-to-air missiles downed an Israeli F-16I fighter jet.

Both pilots ejected and were injured, one critically.

Indeed, why would Iran, which, with Assad, Russia and Hezbollah, is among the victors in Syria's six-year civil war, wish to reignite the bloodletting and bring Israeli and US firepower in on the other side? The two sides are edging closer to a cliffhanger faceoff.

Tehran's involvement in Syria, including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has alarmed Israel.

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"It's unclear to me if Iran is really calling the shots here", said Blumenthal. "Several people were wounded on both sides but as of now, there are no further casualties".

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