Israel lit up the night sky last night with heavy airstrikes in Syria against Iranian forces and munitions supplies, killing at least 23.
The attack came only one day after Israel accused Iranian forces inside Syria of firing nearly two dozen rockets at Israeli forces in the occupied Golan Heights.
This is the latest move showing that Israel and Iran are moving closer and closer to full-blown war, especially in light of Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu’s attempts to derail the negotiation process surrounding the U.S.’s decision to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by releasing false information intended to make it appear as though Iran had violated the agreement by resuming nuclear activity.
Also concerning is the fact that the Israeli government recently ordered the deportation of Human Rights Watch Regional Director Omar Shakir under the pretense of concern that he was promoting the nonviolent Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement, which strategically targets Israel over its treatment of Palestinians.
The Israeli government claimed that Iranian forces launched rockets at Israeli territory late Wednesday, and says that this action is justification for their retaliation, which Netanyahu called “appropriate.”
“We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria,” – Netanyahu
“Israel has hit almost all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria. If it will rain in Israel, there will be a biblical flood on the other side.” – Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman
The U.S. has defended Israel and condemned the Iranian strikes, which the U.S. government called “provocative.”
Israel has long regarded Iran as its greatest threat; they fear that Iran and Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese ally, are working to turn Syria into a new front from which to wage hostile activities against Israel.
Here’s a map from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) outlining last night’s airstrikes: