Israel, Iran and the war for Syria


The threat comes just days after the Syrian military -armed with equipment from Iran- shot down an Israel F16 fighter jet; prompting a fierce response from the Israeli military which immediately destroyed the anti-air battery.

The biggest confrontation between the two sides occurred on Saturday, when Israel attacked what it claimed to be Iranian bases, which sent a drone into its airspace.

For few hours, it appeared that a major showdown was about to be unleashed.

The official also said that "as far as we are concerned, the event is over but the Iranians are determined to continue to establish themselves in Syria; the next incident is only a matter of time".

The incident raised more questions than answers.

As the pilots parachuted to safety in Israel, a second wave of air attacks were launched to punish the Syrians and Iranians.

The downing of an Israeli F-16 by Syrian air defenses on February 10 led to speculations about the opening of a new front in the Civil War.

"The Iran-Israel War Flares Up: The fight is over a Qods Force presence on the Syria-Israeli border". In reality, Israel - yet again - demonstrated its superior firepower, but has been given food for thought by the downing of one of its fighter planes, by Syrian government or Syrian government-allied forces. They claim their airstrike on Sunday wiped out half of Syria's air defences. Could the downing of the Israeli jet be in response to the shooting down of a Russian Sukhoi-25 over rebel-held Idlib province a week earlier?

A day before the Israeli jet was shot down, Turkey lost at least one helicopter over Afrin. The Syrian issue now is not on the radar of U.S. policy.

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In January, a US -led coalition unveiled a plan to set up a new border force of 30,000 Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria, raising alarms in the region that the White House may be helping to cement an autonomous Kurdish enclave that could further divide the country.

Another worry for Israel is reporting that Iran might be interested in a permanent base in Syria.

All this happened while Turkey's air and ground operation against Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria rages on with no end in sight.

The F-16 jet was struck over northern Israel on Saturday as it came back after a raid on a Syrian position it blamed for launching an Iranian-made drone across the border. The next showdown will be crucial. While Trump campaigned on taking a tougher stance towards Iran and tearing up the nuclear deal, in practice he has imposed "sanctions on Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps" and offered an "uncompromising indictment of the nature of the Iranian regime at the United Nations, but he has not reversed the nuclear deal or taken significant action to roll back Iran's expansionism".

For some time, Israelis have seethed over Iran's ever-deepening presence in Syria. It is, however, in Moscow's interests not to see its years of costly and deadly efforts on behalf of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, and his government and allies, be laid to waste by an overzealous Israeli military posture. The two sides are edging closer to a cliffhanger faceoff.

But Israel's increasing involvement is playing into the hands of Iran.

Meanwhile, Bogdanov noted that Russian Federation was exerting efforts to overcome differences that have recently emerged between Tehran and Ankara, adding that the three parties agreed to hold a meeting at the level of foreign ministers next month in Astana.

As the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) noted, the IDF intercepted an Iranian made unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) after it entered Israeli airspace from Syria.