Lieberman calls on Assad to get rid of Iranian forces

Sunday, 13 May, 2018

That brings to 42, including 19 Iranians, the total killed during the two days of strikes. It is believed that he used what he had left before Israeli carried out air strikes against the remaining weapons.

Analysts say Israel feels it has a inexperienced mild from Washington to maneuver extra aggressively towards Iran's presence in Syria, significantly after Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

However Iran flatly denied the Israeli model of occasions, saying Israel's assaults had been carried out on false "pretexts". [Israel's] attacks on Syria.

Ghasemi went on to criticize the global community for "remaining silent in the face of Israel's continued aggression, effectively condoning its aggressive policies".

Under Trump, the United States approach moves away from multilateral diplomacy encouraging instead the "use of force or the threat of it", in the region, notably from Israel. Aside from the mounting military tensions between Iran and Israel, oil prices are rising on the uncertainty.

"Six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians" were among the dead, said the group's director, Rami Abdel Rahman.

"The Israelis want to make this into an Iran-Israel thing, but it isn't". At first glance, it would seem that the two events are closely tied - Iran no longer constrained by a nuclear deal, and Israel emboldened by its USA ally's action. "However, if the Syrian military acts against us, we will act against it".

Pointing also to the USA withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change, Merkel added: "If we always say that, if we don't like things and we can't achieve a new worldwide order, everyone will do what they feel like, that's bad news for the world".

Visiting the Golan Heights on Friday, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman urged Mr Assad to "throw the Iranians out", saying "they are only hurting you".

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"We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria", he said in a brief video address.

Israeli military tweeted a video of a what they said was a missile hitting a mobile aerial defense battery in Syria.

What exactly happened on Thursday?

The more deadly of the attacks came early Thursday morning, when Israel struck positions in multiple locations across the country thought to be hosting Iranian military assets and personnel.

The Golan Heights is a rocky plateau in south-western Syria, about 50km from the capital Damascus. The war monitor added that 25 were foreign fighters, including 11 Iranians.

What's behind the latest military action?

Now, with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from it, Netanyahu may be emboldened to pursue his confrontation with Iran.

But Israel had already become increasingly anxious about Iran's military support of Syria. Israel said Iranian Quds Forces deployed inside Syria fired about 20 rockets at IDF positions.

Israel's defense minister Friday called on President Bashar Assad to "get rid" of Iranian forces in Syria, warning their continued presence would only cause trouble. "Obviously we need the only country that can unilaterally destroy this agreement to stay committed, which is Iran". European companies, for instance Airbus, are affected too as they buy parts from the US.