Israel's defense minister called on Syria's President Bashar Assad on Friday to rid his country of Iranian forces based there - warning their presence will only cause more trouble to the already war-ravaged country.
"Increased US pressure on Iran has certainly helped Israel fulfill its agenda". The Times at least noted - down in paragraph 12 - that Israel had first attacked Syria right after Trump pulled the US out of the Iran deal.
But in the past few weeks, Israel has shifted to a more direct and public confrontation with Iran, striking at Iranian bases, weapons depots and rocket launchers across Syria, and killing Iranian troops.
In 2005 new hardline Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Israel is doomed to be "wiped off the map" and that the Holocaust was a "myth".
Israel blames Hezbollah for attacks on its interests overseas including in Argentina where the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy kills 29 people and a 1994 attack on a Jewish community centre leaves 85 dead.
Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described his government's reaction to President Trump's decision on Tuesday to re-impose US sanctions on foreign companies that do business with Iran, in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday. It also said it destroyed several Syrian air-defense systems after coming under heavy fire and that none of its warplanes were hit.
"After the first Israeli bombardment on the town of Baath, dozens of rockets were launched from Quneitra and the southwest of the adjacent Damascus countryside on the occupied part of the Golan Heights", the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday called on Iran and Israel to immediately put an end to "all hostile acts and any provocative actions".
While Israel has repeatedly clashed with Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia, it was the first time Israel had directly accused Iran of firing toward Israeli-held territory.
The barrage came after an apparent Israeli missile strike against a village in the Syrian Golan Heights late Wednesday. One key point here is to understand the U.S.is not playing the role it might have played traditionally where we would've been acting with the Russians to get the Russians to contain the Iranians. The Mossad coup, coupled to the Thursday morning Israeli strikes in Syria, have sent an unmistakable message to Iran's leaders and to the Iranian people: the Iranian regime is weak.
Pro-Iranian factions have in the past attacked Israeli tourists overseas or Jewish organisations, notably in Latin America.
Russia has a relationship with Iran - they both back the Assad regime - but equally there is an understanding between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Russian president.
However, Donald Trump called Iran the world's "leading state sponsor of terror" when he announced America pulling out of the Iran Nuclear Deal last week. "The moment they are getting closer to the border and using missiles, this is something the Israeli government will never accept", said Ben-Onn.