Israel Attack 50 Iranian Targets in Syria

“Behold, all those who were incensed against you shall be ashamed and disgraced. They shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.” Isa 41: 11

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ISRAEL ATTACKS 50 IRANIAN TARGETS IN SYRIA AFTER IRAN TARGETS ISRAELI BASES: After Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights on Wed. 9 May, 2018, the IDF attacked more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria in "one of the greatest operations of the Israel Air Force in the past decade," IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said. "It will take the Iranians a long time to rehabilitate." Israel said its targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also said it destroyed five Syrian air-defense batteries after coming under heavy fire. It said none of its warplanes were hit. A source in the Israeli security establishment said this attack was the largest carried out by Israel since it signed a disengagement agreement with Syria in May 1974. The Israeli military warned Syria not to respond to its attack. Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thurs. morning 10 May, 2018 that the IDF had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israel’s north, and warned Tehran that attacks on Israeli territory will be met with “the strongest possible force.” (Ha’aretz/NY Times)

’28 PLANES, 60 MISSILES, 23 KILLED’: Israel's strikes on Syria late Wed. 9 May 2018 saw 28 planes take part in raids with a total of around 60 missiles fired, Russia's defense ministry said Thursday. "28 Israeli F-15 and F-16 aircraft were used in the attack, which released around 60 air-to-ground missiles over various parts of Syria. Israel also fired more than 10 tactical ground-to-ground missiles," the ministry said. At least 23 fighters, including five Syrian regime troops and 18 other allied forces, were killed in the attacks, according to the anti-Assad Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based observatory said the regime troops killed in the strikes included an officer, adding that the other casualties included Syrians and foreigners. A Russian deputy foreign minister called for "restraint on all sides" and said Moscow was "concerned" at the escalation.

The Israel's army said it had hit dozens of Iranian military targets around Syria in one of its largest military operations in recent years and its biggest such assault against Iranian targets. The strikes came hours after Israeli PM Netanyahu held talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country has provided massive military and diplomatic backing to the Assad regime in Syria. The Russian leader called the situation in the Middle East "unfortunately very acute." Israel carried out the raids after around 20 rockets were fired from Syria at its forces in the Golan Heights at around midnight. It blamed the rocket fire on Iran's Al-Quds force, adding that Israel's anti-missile system intercepted four of the projectiles while the rest did not land in its territory. The incident came after weeks of rising tensions and followed USA President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a key 2015 Iran nuclear deal on Tues. 8 May 2018, a move Israel had long advocated. (Arutz-7) Pray for God to deal swiftly and justly with those who hate Israel and the Jewish People, and who seek to destroy them.

IRAN FIRES 20 ROCKETS AT ISRAEL FROM SYRIA: Iranian forces in Syria fired 20 rockets into Israel early Wed. 9 May 2018, targeting IDF positions on the Golan Heights. IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus said there were no Israeli casualties. After Iranian forces in Syria launched a rocket attack on Israeli army bases in the Golan Heights, the IDF attacked more than 50 Iranian targets in Syria in "one of the greatest operations of the Israel Air Force in the past decade," IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said, "Under Iranian command 20 rockets were fired by Hezbollah experts and Shiite militias with Iranian weapons, and none of them hit Israeli territory. Four of them were intercepted by the Iron Dome and the rest landed on Syrian territory. There were no injuries and not a single post sustained damage. We also struck five batteries of the Syrian antiaircraft system, which fired dozens of missiles at our planes." The White House on Thurs. 10 May condemned the Iranian assault, two days after President Trump announced he was pulling the USA out of the Iran nuke deal. "The United States condemns the Iranian regime's provocative rocket attack from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel's right to act in self-defense," Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, "The Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and a highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East." (Arutz-7/NY Times/Fox)

‘NEW PHASE’ IN WAR AGAINST ISRAEL BEGINNING, WARNS SYRIA: Syria's foreign ministry said 10 May 2018, that a salvo of Israeli strikes on its territory marked a "new phase" of direct involvement in the country's seven-year conflict. It said Israel's "direct confrontation signals the start of a new phase of the war on Syria". Israel's "aggressive behavior will not lead to anything but an increase in tension in the region", the ministry said. It was "a serious threat to international peace and security". The raids overnight were the latest in a series of alleged Israeli strikes inside Syria. Since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011, Israel has repeatedly targeted positions of the Syrian army and Lebanon's Shiite terrorist movement Hezbollah backing it inside the country. (Arutz-7)

UK, GERMANY BACK ISRAELI RIGHT TO DEFENSIVE STRIKES AGAINST IRAN IN SYRIA: The United Kingdom and Germany defended Israel’s right to launch self-defensive strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, after its warplanes struck 50 Iranian targets in Syria early Thursday morning 10 May 2018. It was one of the heaviest Israeli barrages against Syria since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011. While France and Russia urged calm, the UK and Germany spoke up for Israel, with the spokesperson for British PM Theresa May launching an unusually strong defense of the Jewish state. "We condemn Iran's attack on Israel. Israel has every right to defend itself," the spokesman told reporters. "We call on Iran to refrain from any further attacks and for calm on all sides. We call on Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks,” the United Kingdom said. The German Foreign Ministry said: “We are deeply concerned by reports about last night’s Iranian rocket attacks on Israeli army outposts. “These attacks are a severe provocation that we most strongly condemn. We have always emphasized that Israel has the right to defend itself.” (J.Post)

BAHRAIN BACKS ISRAEL’S RIGHT TO SELF DEFENSE: Israel gained support from an unexpected source Thurs. 10 May 2018 for its recent airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria, after Iranian forces fired 20 rockets at Israeli territory the previous night. Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, the Foreign Minister of the Gulf Arab state Bahrain, tweeted support for Israel and endorsed the Jewish state’s right to self-defense. "As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, so any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself by destroying sources of danger.” Bahrain, a majority Sunni Muslim nation and a close ally of Saudi Arabia, has a long-running rivalry with Tehran, following the failed coup d’etat attempt by Iranian-backed terrorists to overthrow the government in 1981.On Wed. night, 9 May, 2018 Israeli forces hit a dozen targets in Syria, after 20 rockets were fired by Iranian forces at northern Israel. (Arutz-7)

AFTER PUTIN MEETING, PM INDICATES MOSCOW WON’T CURTAIL ISRAELIS STRIKES IN SYRIA: Wrapping up a day-long visit to Moscow, PM Netanyahu on Wed. evening 8 May 2018, said he has no reason to believe the Kremlin will attempt to limit Israel’s freedom of operation in the region, an apparent reference to Israeli airstrikes in Syria. After a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Netanyahu reiterated Jerusalem’s determination to continue to act militarily against Iran’s ongoing entrenchment in Syria. “I told President Putin that it is our right and indeed our duty to take any steps required for to safeguard our security interests,” the prime minister told reporters minutes before taking off for Tel Aviv. In his talks with Putin, Netanyahu detailed Israel’s stunning discovery and removal from Tehran of Iran’s own secret nuclear weapons archives. Russian intelligence officials will soon visit Israel to further examine the material, Netanyahu said. (Times of Israel)

USA GIVES BUSINESSES 3-6 MONTHS TO ‘GET OUT’ OF IRAN: Just days after USA President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal, “the highest level” of American economic sanctions have snapped back into place on Tehran and foreign corporations. The American leader chose a so-called “hard exit” from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, re-imposing all sanctions lifted as part of the atomic accord in 2015. The impact of the move is immense, influencing billions of dollars of existing contracts, given that countries will now be forced to decide whether to do business with the USA, by far the largest and most powerful economy in the world, or with the Islamic Republic. In the latter scenario, companies would risk incurring penalties as well as being cut-off from the USA financial and banking systems. While all new contracts will immediately be subjected to the sanctions regime, existing ones will have a “wind-down” period of three to six months. (Medialine)

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