Tension between Iran and Israel, the Middle Eastern Arch enemies, has been at an all-time high ever since last Thursday’s unprecedented attack by Israeli military forces which claims to have destroyed all of Tehran’s military infrastructure in Syria. The attack was in response to, what Israel claimed, a barrage of rockets fired by Iran at Golan heights.
The exchange of fire between the two rival nations, which almost turned into an all-out war, came only a few days after President Donald Trump announced the termination of Iran Nuclear Agreement, re-imposing crippling sanctions on the rogue Middle Eastern Country.
Biggest Intervention to Date
Israel conducted its biggest intervention against Iranian military forces to date when it unleashed a barrage of unprecedented airstrikes on Tehran’s military infrastructure in Syria last week in retaliation to alleged Iranian attack on Israeli troops the day before. The airstrikes killed more than 23 soldiers and destroyed all of Tehran’s military infrastructure in Syria, according to the Israel Defense Force (IDF).
The exchange of fire came shortly after President Donald Trump’s announcement that United States would no longer keep the nuclear agreement with Iran and other world powers including the European Union, United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, and Russia. The termination of the 2015 landmark deal was viewed as a disaster in Iran and celebrated as a huge victory in Israel, which had strongly opposed the agreement ever since it was first struck three years ago.
Altercation Provoked by Israel, Syria Says
According to Israel Defense Force, Iran had fired more than 20 Grad missiles at the Israeli troops in Golan Heights on Wednesday, although Tehran’s National Security Committee has refused to take responsibility for the attack saying that Iran had nothing to do with the missile strikes fired at its enemy’s base.
But the Syrian state news agency, Sana, claims that the altercation was provoked by Israeli troops across the border who suddenly opened fire at Syrian and Iranian forces – an incident that hasn’t occurred since 1974.
Israel and Iran have long been enemies because of Iran’s military support for Syrian President Bashar al Assad and tension between the two rival countries has only gotten worse in the past few months after an Israeli aircraft was shot down – for the first time in 35 years – while conducting airstrikes in Syria.
The incident occurred days after Israel accused Tehran of sending drones into its territory and the blame for the attack on the Israeli aircraft fell on Iran. Since then, Israeli has taken a stronger stance against Iranian attacks, striking its enemy’s bases in Syria which has resulted in several casualties on both sides
Will Iran Strike Back?
The newest military strike on Iranian bases in Syria comes at a time when Iran needs to earn the trust of international community in order to save the nuclear deal and the country’s crippled military capabilities.
Military analyst, Holly Dagres, said that such a small-scale attack from the Israeli forces in the wake of Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal raises suspicions that Israel is doing what it can to provoke Tehran to attack back, because if Iran retaliates, it risks losing faith of its European supporters, and consequently the nuclear deal.
Tehran hasn’t made a comment on the recent airstrikes, which could either mean that the Israeli attack took the country by surprise or Iran is planning to surprise its enemy in the same unprecedented manner as Thursday’s strikes.
A Reckless Decision
Syria’s foreign ministry issued a warning after the incident saying that the end of the nuclear deal could mark the beginning of a new, more serious war in Syria between the Israeli and Iranian forces. Now, with the agreement dissolved, there is no stopping Iran from going into a full-on war with its arch enemy.
Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at Atlantic Council, Barbara Slavin, says that Trump’s withdrawal from one of the most important deals that have maintained peace in the Middle East is an extremely reckless mistake that will only escalate military confrontation between Iran and Israel in the future.