Netanyahu hails Trump over Iran, says nuclear deal was 'recipe for disaster'

Suspected Israeli missiles targeted a Iran-linked army base south of Syria's capital, Damascus, on Tuesday, shortly after President Donald Trump said the US would withdraw from the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran.

Israel on Thursday claimed that Iranian forces stationed in Syria fired at least 20 rocket missiles at Israeli military stations in occupied Golan Heights shortly after midnight.

Iranian forces in Syria shelled Israeli army outposts across the Syrian frontier overnight, Israel said, prompting one of the heaviest Israeli strikes in Syria since its civil war began in 2011.

A month ago, an alleged Israel Airstrike also killed 7 Iranian personnel deployed at the Syrian Base.

It comes after Syria accused Israel of launching an attack on one of its military bases on Wednesday, which killed 15 people.

The threat of Iran nevertheless persists, especially in Syria, which it is trying to transform into a forward military base against Israel.

Embroiled in scandals at home, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may also seek a provocation to divert attention from his domestic crises. There were no casualties on Israel's side from the Iranian attack, no damage was caused, and no hits were identified in Israeli territory. President Donald Trump's announcement Tuesday that the US would withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran has triggered uncertainty and threatened to spark more unrest in the Middle East.

Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported on Tuesday that explosions were heard south of the Syrian capital of Damascus as tensions appear to be heating in the Middle East.

Since intervening in the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar Assad in 2015, Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on suspected arms transfers and deployments by Assad's Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies.

Israel then carried out what it called "large-scale" raids on Syrian air defence systems and Iranian targets, which reportedly included T-4.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied most of the airstrikes.

Israel later said the drone had been armed.

The late-night incident followed a surge in tensions between Israel and Syria, where Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah forces have helped Damascus beat back a 7-year-old rebellion.

Israel has warned it will not tolerate Tehran establishing itself militarily on its doorstep in Syria. "They are determined to do it and we are determined to prevent it".

  • Joey Payne