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Likewise, Israel has largely remained out of the war in Syria, as described by Natan Sachs, director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

It has been blamed for a sequence of current strikes inside Syria which have killed Iranians, although it has not acknowledged these raids. Israel accuses Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold on its doorstep, something it has vowed never to allow. As that war winds down, and Assad appears to be headed toward victory, Israel fears that Iran, along with tens of thousands of Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, will carry out attacks against Israel.

Syrian air defences, which fired dozens of times on Israeli jets, were also targeted, he said.Lieberman called the rocket fire "a new phase".

"The fundamental reason why Syria has become a battleground is because of the Islamic Republic's [of Iran] declared ideology and strategy since 1979 of fighting Israel and its supporters", said Amir Toumaj, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defence of Democracies, which takes a hawkish stance on Iran.

"They need to remember the saying that if it rains on us, it'll storm on them".

If this type of activity has been going on for the last six months, Gold asked, "then what happens when the sanctions on Iran are lifted, and they get a cash bonus of up to $150 billion?" He added that he hoped Israel's action had ended the conflict and "everyone understood".

There are varying death tolls for Thursday's strikes, ranging from three dead acknowledged by Syria's army to 23 killed according to a war monitor.

Almost two months later, an airstrike targeting a Syrian airbase near the city of Homs left seven members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps dead.

An Israeli soldiers stands on Mount Bental in the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights on May 10.

Happily, Israel's hands aren't tied.

Russian Federation urged mutual calm after the massive air war in which its ally, Iran, suffered badly.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the IDF forces attacked the positions of Tehran and the Assad regime in Syria in response to a serious escalation of Iran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow sees Thursday's strikes as a "very alarming development".

Iranian forces have shot rockets at Israeli-held territory overnight on May 9.

"It was ordered and commanded by Qassem Soleimani and it has not achieved its objective", said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli Defence Forces.

Conricus said Israel was not looking to escalate the situation but that troops will continue to be on "very high alert". "We don't want an escalation, but won't let anyone attack us or build an infrastructure to attack us in the future", he said.

The worldwide community should prevent the creation of Iranian military bases in Syria.

Israeli intelligence has said it was prepared for possible Iranian action after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Not only does Israel say it intercepted a number of the Iranian missiles, it says the other missiles failed to reach their target and sputtered out while still in Syria.

Israel has carried out more than 100 airstrikes in neighboring Syria since the civil war erupted in 2011, most believed to be aimed at suspected Iranian weapons shipments bound for the Hezbollah militant group.

None of the Israeli fighters suffered any damage despite anti-aircraft firing from Syria, he added.