May 23, 2018

Iran Reportedly Fires Rockets into Israel's Golan Heights

11 May 2018, 04:19 | Simon Arnold

Executive Summary for May 8th

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz attend the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem

Tensions have been high since US President Donald Trump announced he was quitting the Iranian nuclear deal on Tuesday, prompting Israel to go on high alert.

A barrage of 20 rockets was sacked Wednesday night from Syria towards Israeli military outposts in the Golan Heights.

"It's clear that everyone realizes the risks of a big confrontation". The military had instructed authorities in the Golan Heights bordering Syria to ready bomb shelters and mobilised some reservist forces.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military refused to comment on reports about a recent strike on Syria and their alleged involvement in the attack.

The heads of almost two dozen northern Israel municipalities will hold and urgent meeting this coming Sunday to discuss the sensitive security situation in the area, amid heightened tensions with Iran, the Hebrew news site Mako reported.

Syrian state media reported that eight Iranians were among the 15 killed in the attack.

Sooner or later, Shiite militias which Tehran has deployed in Syria will also likely attack Israeli military sites near the border, he said at an annual security conference near Tel Aviv. Activists mentioned it was artillery fireplace from Israeli positions within the Golan Heights.

The same Syrian military source said at dawn Thursday a new round of missiles was launched at areas south of Kiswa, near the capital Damascus for a second consecutive day. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri, according to a statement carried by regime-affiliated Press TV.

Israel insisted it did not want to escalate the situation and encouraged its citizens to continue their daily routine. "But the president has taken all the points we have made in the past, and he placed them [in his speech] one after the other". "Better now than later", he told reporters in Jerusalem before his weekly meeting with his cabinet.

Syria promptly condemned the US decision to withdraw from the landmark agreement.

Mr Netanyahu described the seized documents as evidence of Iranian deception when it negotiated the nuclear deal with United States and five other countries.

Put simply, Trump just isolated the USA, putting a figurative ocean between it and Europe, Iran, Russia and China; the other signatories.

The prime minister's victory will boost the image he projects as the only Israeli politician who can keep the country safe from its fiercest foe.

Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal has caused shockwaves throughout the world; oil prices are increasing, European and American companies are scrambling to salvage lucrative deals with Iran and analysts are struggling to predict what will happen next.

"When it comes to weapons and defending our country, we will not negotiate with anybody", President Hassan Rouhani said.

"For months now, Iran has been transferring lethal weaponry to its forces in Syria, with the goal of striking at Israel", Netanyahu said.

In the nuclear field, Russian Federation has already built one reactor at Iran's Bushehr plant, the country's only nuclear power plant, and has started work on two new ones.

The occupied Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in a 1967 war, was quiet on Wednesday.

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