Iran condemns Israel for aiding terrorists in Syria

The scope of the attacks - which Israel called its largest in Syria since the 1973 Middle East war - raised the spectre of a full-fledged war between Iran and Israel in Syria, a conflict that could potentially drag the militant Hezbollah and Lebanon into the mix with devastating effects.

It said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions". So now that Israel claims to have hit virtually all of Iran's bases and installations in Syria, Russia's unwillingness to intervene on Iran's behalf is especially surprising.

Earlier in May, former Israeli Defence Minister, Moshe Yaalon, told newsmen that Israel did not want Syria to receive Russia's S-300, following reports that Moscow might consider deliveries in the wake of USA -led attacks.

Mr Keane said: "Syria for Iran is a strategic anchor in the region".

Israel blamed Iran for targeting its troops in the Golan Heights, but retaliated by firing back at an Iranian logistics headquarters.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel would be victorious in its "ongoing campaign" against Iran.

Syria's state news agency SANA said opposition fighters who made a decision to stay in the suburbs of Babila, Beit Sahem and Yalda will hand over the weapons and return to normal life. And Iran could also give a green light to Hezbollah, which it has supplied with missiles and other weapons of war.

Tehran, meanwhile, is under pressure from the US and Western allies to negotiate a new deal, one that goes beyond restricting the nuclear program to curb Iran's military power in the region.

Iran's foreign minister arrived in Beijing Sunday, Iranian media said, on the first leg of a whirlwind diplomatic tour created to try and rescue the nuclear deal left on the brink of collapse after the U.S. pulled out.

According to Federica Mogherini, no country can single-handedly destroy the nuclear deal with Iran since it is "not a bilateral agreement, but a heritage of the world".

"The extent of the damage inflicted by the Israeli airstrikes was not immediately clear".

What does the nuclear deal have to do with rising tensions?

One thing the Iranians would be smart to consider is the growing friendship between Israel and Saudi Arabia, which is largely based on the enemy they share in Iran. "The Iranian octopus is trying to strangle us and break our spirit", Israel's Education Minister Naftali Bennett warned in April.

"We did not cross Iran's borders", he said.

"The Israelis want to make this into an Iran-Israel thing, but it isn't".

  • Tracy Klein