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Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

13 May 2018
Iran does not want 'new tensions' in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran says Israel's rocket attacks on Syria were based on "invented pretexts".

Cross-border airstrikes between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria this week marked the biggest escalation in the conflict between the two Mideast powers since the Syrian War began.

In Yemen, the war in its fourth year is seen as a proxy between Saudi Arabia and Iran and can be a place for Tehran to retaliate and increase pressure. It said half the missiles were shot down.

Speaking at a security conference Thursday morning, Lieberman had this warning for the Iranians.

"The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria".

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with "taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions".

By saying "we achieved our objectives, Israel is effectively saying "we'd like to stop", he said. "I hope that we ended this chapter and that everyone understood". He might easily provoke a crisis with Iran from which the USA suddenly detaches itself - something like this happened to the Syrian Kurds earlier in the year - or he could one day stumble, along with his allies in Tel Aviv and Riyadh, into a war with Iran through sheer ignorance and miscalculation. "He has shown that there is nobody to match him in the diplomatic-security field", Israel Radio political analyst Hanan Kristal said.

Four of the rockets were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome antimissile defense system, and the rest fell short of the Israeli-controlled territory, the military said.

Hassan Rouhani did not mention Israel's strikes early on Thursday in Syria. It moved above $71 a barrel on speculation that "the conflict between Iran and Israel could eventually threaten supply across the Middle East", Takayuki Nogami, chief economist at state-backed Japan Oil, Gas & Metals National Corp., said by phone from Tokyo. And just a few days ago, Israel claimed it struck at missiles that were being readied to be launched.

"Iran's deterrence against Israel is done in Lebanon with more than 100,000 missiles, not in Syria", he said, hinting at Lebanese movement Hezbollah's stockpile of rockets.

Ties ebbed with the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, when the Hamas leadership-in-exile left Syria amid President Bashar Assad's crackdown on Sunni Muslim rebels, many with ideologies similar to those of the Muslim Brotherhood, the parent movement of Hamas.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strikes had removed any moral obligation Russian Federation had to withhold the missiles and Russia's Kommersant daily cited unnamed military sources as saying deliveries might begin imminently.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the overnight attacks by Iranian forces and called on Iran to contribute to de-escalation of tensions in the region.

All eyes were on any fresh military activity yesterday, after Israel carried out widespread deadly raids against what it said were Iranian targets in Syria on Thursday in response to rocket fire towards its forces that it blamed on Iran.

"We know that comes from the Al-Quds force", army spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus said, referring to the special forces unit affiliated with Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard. An American military attack on Iran might, indeed, happen, though not immediately and, if it does occur, it may well be because of a United States misunderstanding of the real options available to it.

Wimmen said two actions could trigger a large-scale confrontation: a missile killing civilians in the Israeli-occupied Golan, or retaliation against Israel by Hezbollah.

"The Israelis want to make this into an Iran-Israel thing, but it isn't".

Syria's military later reported that three people had died in the Israeli attack.

Iran has deployed hundreds of troops in Syria, ostensibly as military advisers to the Syrian military.

Iran is fighting alongside Assad forces in the civil war.

Later, the Israelis launched a series of missiles strikes on Syrian military positions, and said that it had targeted Iranian military bases in the country.

But Israel had already become increasingly anxious about Iran's military support of Syria.

On April 30, he appeared on prime-time television to present Israel's case that Trump should abandon the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal with Iran. Israel promised to respond in kind.