Israel Air Force opts out of United States drill as Iranian threat looms

Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem in an interview with Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV

Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem in an interview with Lebanese Al Mayadeen TV

The T-4 base may on Syrian land but for all intents and purposes is operated by the Iranian National Guard. "You can't bear. When you escape, you'll have no way but to the sea".

Major General Mousavi said he as the commander of the Army was among the Basijis to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of IRGC as a sign of unity among armed forces.

He added that what has happened is unsafe, given that Iran established a long-term base, near Homs, from where a drone was launched. Over the weekend, Hossein Salami, the second-in-command of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that Iran could "erase Israel" and "destroy its air force".

Former CIA Officer Jack Caravelli said that the nuclear deal is only an agreement among six countries and Iran, therefore it is possible to withdraw from it, although the U.S. usually doesn't withdraw from agreements already signed by the former administration. "We will fight those who try to harm us and would not be deterred by the price we are going to pay".

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An Israeli official confirmed to The New York Times earlier this week that it was the IAF that struck the T4 air base in Homs last week.

Doran said the greatest threat to Israel now is not the Palestinians, but the presence of Russian Federation and Iran in Syria.

However, any inevitability of all-out war requires the will of more than one side, and Israel alone is not enough to launch it. Iran has many scenarios for such a conflict that would see it suffering losses thanks to the current balance of power in Syria, where Israel enjoys full freedom of air movement and thus can monitor the Iranian military presence and prevent its development or progress toward a direct line of contact with Israeli forces. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. The drone incident marked the most serious confrontation yet in Syria between Israel and Iran, which has entrenched itself in the country while fighting to support President Bashar Assad. The first thing is - speak out against Iran. Restraint will characterize any Israeli responding attacks unless Iran orders Hizballah to launch its rockets and missiles at Israeli civilians. Tracking from Lebanon into Syria is another indication that the attack came from Israel. Israel's military spokesman declined to comment. Scores of previous such raids went unanswered but Israel worries that changing conditions may now embolden Iran.

"I would suggest to all those on our northern border to think again about what they are doing", he said after an Iranian general warned that Iran's "hands are on the trigger and missiles are ready". Another such war - confined to Israel and Lebanon - is the most likely outcome this year. Since then, Hizballah's capabilities have increased enormously, with its long-range missiles able to strike Israel from far north of the river. The piece begins by asserting that tensions between the two countries are at their highest since the Syrian Civil War began seven years ago. Only Iran knows for sure.

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