The relationship between Israel and Iran regime is full of tension and has been for years. When the conflict in Syria boiled into a full-blown civil war, Iran took advantage of the support it was giving to Assad’s government to put facilities of its own in Syria. These weapons facilities have been attacked by Israel, whose government argues that Iran is using Syria as cover to build up its military capability, while striking its enemies in the region.
On early Thursday, the Iranian regime forces in Syria fired about 20 rockets into Israel’s Golan Heights, with the Israeli military being the primary target. This attack appears to be a response to an Israeli military operation on Wednesday against Iranian depots and rocket launchers. Reports from the UK-based Observatory noted that 15 individuals were killed, including eight Iranians.
U.S. President Trump announced on Tuesday that the U.S. was pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which he has called fatally flawed. While Israel supported his move, there are fears of increased regional conflicts and flare-ups.
The attack by the Iranians regime was intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system and the Israeli government did not report any casualties and minimal damage to their facilities.
These are the latest events in what can only be described as a shadow war between these two nations. Even in early April, there were reports of multiple attacks back and forth between these two nations.
“I presented Israel’s obligation and right to defend itself against Iranian aggression, from Syrian territory,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “The Iranians declare their intention to #attack us. They are trying to transfer forces and deadly weapons there with the explicit goal of attacking the state of #Israel as part of their strategy to destroy the state of Israel.”
The moves from #Iran into #Syria include training and building large militias, sending advisors from its security forces, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), to Syrian military bases, and also by operating drones that Israel has indicated were armed.
Prime Minister Netanyahu also said in remarks early this week that the IRGC has moved advanced weapons into Syria.
Those who follow the movements of these two countries, along with the instability of the region, have noted that an escalation of conflict between Israel and Iran could have broader implications, as Iran would pull in its network of proxies throughout the Middle East. Others have noted that the Iranian regime is building a corridor from Iran through Iraq and Syria to #Lebanon. Iran does not deny this alignment but notes that it is necessary to curb the threat that they claim Israel is to the region.
It is a battle of wills between these two nations, but for the Iranian regime, the conflict could have implications at home. The Iranian people are economically struggling, and the idea of another protracted military objective could negatively impact the regime at home. As the Iranian resistance meets for its annual gathering in Paris on June 30, the shifting international and regional sands could spell disaster for the mullahs and their repressive regime.