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Israel Fabricates Evidence to Show Iran's Military Presence in Syria

Israel Fabricates Evidence to Show Iran's Military Presence in Syria

The incident comes against the background of rising tension in the north, as Iran vowed this week to avenge an Israeli attack on an Iranian air base last week.

If the US retaliates against Syria later in the week, Israel's choice of timing is brilliant, because in a few days no one will likely remember Israel's attack on Syria's T-4 military base except Iran, as the attention will be focused on what is expected to be a much larger attack by the USA. "It was the first time we attacked live Iranian targets - both facilities and people", the New York Times on Sunday quoted an Israeli military source as saying.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran began bolstering air defenses following an escalation triggered by Iran sending an armed drone into Israeli airspace.

The Israeli military released on Tuesday maps and aerial footage of Iranian military positions in Syria, in what was interpreted as a new Israeli threat against Tehran.

Friedman described the seven Iranians killed as members of the Qods Force, a branch of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees operations overseas, and one of them as a commander of a drone unit. Iran, Israel's arch-foe, has cast its military personnel in Syria as reinforcements helping President Bashar al-Assad battle a seven-year-old insurgency. One aircraft was shot down by Syrian air defense systems on its return to Israel.

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Given that atmosphere, it is worth monitoring Israeli moves that could signal that the country is preparing to take further direct action against Iran in Syria.

Amid the escalating rhetoric, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made several threats against Iran in recent days. Scores of previous such raids went unanswered but Israel worries that changing conditions may now embolden Iran.

"I would suggest to all those on our northern border to think again about what they are doing", he said after an Iranian general warned that Iran's "hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready".

Looking at the technological powerhouse that Israel is today, it is well-nigh impossible to recall that just a few decades ago, the economy of the country was buoyed exclusively by basic agriculture. And on Monday, following the strike, he did say "We have one clear and simple rule, and we seek to express it constantly: If someone tries to attack you, rise up and attack him". "We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security", he added.

The attack over the weekend was an important message of deterrence that the US would stand behind its word to not tolerate the use of non-conventional weapons, said Moshe Yaalon, a former Israeli defense minister and chief of staff, in an interview with Israel Radio. If an Iranian-inspired insurrection, along the lines of what Tehran has been attempting in Bahrain for some years, were to topple Jordan's King Abdullah, Israel could then face a threat on four fronts.