Israel and Iran Exchange Missile Fire after Death of JCPOA


Twenty rockets were fired toward Israel from Syria early Thursday morning. The rockets were fired by Iranian Quds Force (the special forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards) based in Syria.  Four of the Iranian rockets were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, while the remaining sixteen landed in Syria.

Israel, of course, unleashed a barrage at Iranian sites based in Syria. According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, “If it rains on us, it’ll storm on them,” He described how the IAF hit “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria”, Lieberman told a conference at the IDC college in Herzliya, adding, “We are not going to let Iran turn Syria into an entire military base against Israel…I hope we’ve finished this chapter and that everyone got the message.”

If you believe the press last night’s action was a response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA but that’s not true.

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On February 10th of this year, Iran sent a drone into Israeli territory. The Israeli Airforce not only shot the drone down but launched an air attack on they Syrian Airbase where Iran’s drone operations are based. April 9th saw Israel attack the same Syrian Airbase (without admitting they were behind the attack).

After examining the film and the drone wreckage for two months,  the government of Israel revealed that the Iranian drone shot down on 10 February had been carrying explosive material.  The drone wasn’t armed with separately deliverable bombs or missiles, but rather it was the ‘bomb’ itself. And it had been directed against an Israeli target by its controller.

Over the past two months, Israeli officials including Prime Minister Netanyahu have repeatedly stated that the Iranian military presence in Syria was intolerable.

On April 29th it is believed that Israel struck again. A huge blast was reported at a weapons depot near Hama, Syria said to be used by Iran.  The blast was so significant it reportedly registered as a 2.6 magnitude seismic event. Iran swore to retaliate for the end of April strike.

As you can see by the above, while President Trump announced he was pulling out of the Iran deal on Tuesday, May 8th, the attack of Thursday morning would have happened whatever the President said about the JCPOA

Allow me to point out one more item related to last night’s effort and Israel in general.

Some commentators claim that Israel wants the United States to attack Iran for her. WRONG! Israel learned a long time ago that it cannot rely on another country for protection…

 

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