Russian Federation is demanding that Israel end its "arbitrary" airstrikes on targets in Syria, two days after the Israeli Air Force struck a series of Iranian military and intelligence targets in response to a rocket strike on the Golan Heights.
The commander of the Quds Force - a division of the Revolutionary Guard responsible for special operations outside of Iran - reportedly said over the weekend that the only way to prevent further Israeli attacks in Syria would be to launch missiles deep into central Israel, which would cause Netanyahu to lose the elections, according to the Kuwait-based Al Jarida newspaper.
On January 21, the Israeli military confirmed it had attacked Iranian military targets in Syria, hours after Israeli forces carried out strikes near Damascus International Airport.
The Israeli airstrikes were carried out on Monday against Iranian targets in Syria, reports CNN.
Syria lost patience with ongoing Israeli air strikes on its territory and violations of the country's sovereignty in dramatic fashion yesterday. But this time the missile strikes took place during the day and Israeli officials openly took responsibility for them.
Israeli officials have spoken in the past of an agreement with Moscow under which they have made clear their strikes on Syria would not threaten Assad, while Russian Federation has promised to help limit Iranian influence near the Israeli frontier. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.
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After this incident, Israel stated, it launched a counter-offensive against Iranian Qud forces which Israel claims were attempting to entrench themselves in Syria.
"This is meant to work against Iranian missiles than can fly for thousands of miles", said Rubin. The army has moved additional Iron Dome batteries to the north, and the Israeli air force is on constant alert.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 15 January urged Iran to "get out of [Syria] fast", warning that Israeli airstrikes against Tehran's alleged military targets would continue.
The strikes have long caused friction between Israel and Russian Federation, which apart from Iran is Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's other major foreign backer. Iran has denied that any of its soldiers were killed, but recent statements don't suggest Teheran is backing down from the fight.
"We're ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel's disappearance from the earth".