In contrast to Israeli reports, which stated that Iran had fired roughly 20 missiles toward Israel, Nasrallah claimed that no less than 55 missiles had been fired. "So I think it's time for those moderate countries to "come out of the closet" and start talking openly".
Russia and Israel established several channels of communication to prevent accidental clashes soon after the start of the Russian intervention in Syria in late 2015, including a hot line between the Israeli military command in Tel Aviv and Russia's airbase at Khmeimim. "Just like there's an axis of evil, it's time for the Middle East to also have an axis of moderate countries". According to the Russian military, Syrian air defenses downed "over half" of the missiles launched by Israeli F-15s and F-16s. One of the issues was the Iranian ballistic missile program, which was not adequately addressed by the agreement, and the increasing influence of the regime throughout the region with a destabilizing impact. Israelis understood the Russian geopolitical commitment to avoid Syria falling into the hands of the fundamentalist Islamic State, and Russians understood, albeit reluctantly, the Israeli insistence of preventing Iranian strategic arms deliveries to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel, in its 70 years of existence, has fought off three invasions from its Arab neighbours, and with a pro-Israel administration occupying the White House, whatever actions the Israeli government decides to take against Iran, whether it be airstrikes against their nuclear facilities or an invasion of Syria, the Israeli military and government is likely to have the full weight of the United States of America behind them. It became clear to Israel that the Iranian presence in Syria goes beyond guaranteeing the survival of the Assad regime and preventing total chaos in Syria.
As Iranian forces and Iranian-backed militias get closer to Israeli territory, it is no surprise that the Israeli response is gradually getting more and more aggressive.
Israel claimed that its defenses in the Golan Heights, a Syrian territory it annexed without global recognition, then intercepted a number of missiles fired by Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
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Iranian media described the attacks as "unprecedented", but there was no official Iranian comment on Israel's claims. President Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran, welcomed by Israel, was not the cause for the intensity of Israel's recent attacks in Syria, but was certainly made easier by it.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at La Moncloa palace in Madrid on April 12. "The UK will continue its obligations under the JCPOA and find ways to involve Iran positively in the region", said Alistair Burt, the UK's Middle East Minister. "Israel does not see a threat in it", he said".
He also blasted Bahrain's foreign minister, calling him an "idiot" and a "traitor" for supporting Israel's right to respond to the barrage of rockets coming from Syria.