Lieberman clarifies Israel will protect its interests amid Syria tensions

UN officials Church leaders decry escalating situation in Syria

It's Syria, Iran and its proxy Hezbollah on one side, with Russian Federation pulling the strings - all against Israel, virtually alone, because the U.S.is missing in action.

Iran's involvement in Syria, including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat.

Israel, which has struck targets inside Syria more than a 100 times in the course of Syria's war, with raids often launched from neighboring Lebanon's airspace, has been warning of an Iranian buildup in Syria for months, vowing to prevent Tehran from building bases near its border. This state of affairs was obviously disruptive for Iranian designs in the region and a bitter pill for the Assad regime to swallow.

In the face of the perceived threat from Iranian military presence, Israel has increased the pace of its interventions striking targets in pre-emptive strikes against Hezbollah and Iranian troops in Syria. Returning home, an F-16 was hit and crashed, unleashing the most devastating Israeli attack in decades on Syria.

Israel's information machine was in front of the military action [VIDEO] providing a punch-by-punch blow-including photos of its downed F-16-before anyone else could respond to its story. One U.S. Intelligence official said "This was IDF's way of saying to Iran, we know more than you think we do and we are not afraid to do something with that knowledge if you force our hand". Most of the missiles fired at the Israeli planes were of Russian manufacture, the IDF said Saturday night, with the missile that hit the Israeli fighter jet an older version of a missile.

But they are competing for control of Deir el-Zour with Russian-backed Syrian troops that are reinforced by Iranian-supported militias.

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When considering air superiority, a single case does not change the strategic balance, as the calculations are about averages, not individual instances.

"Iran will not step back and will not leave Syria as it is an important geostrategic ally after years of fighting and paying the price for saving it", he said. The only way to reaffirm that right is to exercise it. The second sortie lost no aircraft despite taking heavy anti-aircraft fire. The media, if it were doing its job, would reveal that Israelis have no right to support rebels in the Syrian Civil War by pretending that they are merely defending the right to exist as a model democracy.

The Syrian conflict is getting nastier instead of calming down.

Last Saturday, an Iranian drone entered Israeli airspace and the Israeli air force shot down the drone. Odd, when Iran dropped no bombs on Israel.

SYRIA'S civil war escalated over the weekend when Israel launched a "large-scale attack" in the country against what it describes as "Iranian targets".

The Zionist regime retaliated by sending at least eight jets to attack Syrian and alleged Iranian military bases. In response to the drone incursion, Israeli jets attacked the mobile command center from which it was operated, the army said. Everyone is picking a side, while Turkey and the Assad regime, the regime and the U.S., the U.S. and Turkey, Russia and the U.S., Turkey and Iran, Israel and Iran are pointing their guns at one and other. In addition, by raising the cost of Iran's presence in Syria, the USA could exacerbate internal tensions for Iran's leaders, who are already beset by protests against its foreign involvements.

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