White House Condemns Iran Rocket Attack, Supports Israel Defense

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu points to a red line he drew on the graphic of a bomb used to represent Iran's nucl

Israel attacked dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria this week in response to an Iranian rocket barrage in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.

It came after Mr Netanyahu had backed president Donald Trump's decision on Tuesday to pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear pact.

In a separate statement, the Israeli army claimed its fighter jets had struck some 50 military targets associated with Iran's Quds Force inside Syrian territory.

Syrian media said it was the first time in years that Syrians had fired at Israeli forces in the Golan Heights.

Manelis warned that the fighting with Iran is not yet over, and that the Israeli army is prepared for "any scenario".

In his statement, Zarif accused Trump of "ignorance and folly" and said American foreign policy had "dragged the Middle East into chaos".

Some Iranian-backed sites inside Syria have been bombed in recent days in attacks widely believed to have been carried out by Israel.

The global community's silence encourages Israel's aggression.

The Israeli military said its airstrikes centered on intelligence bases, weapons storage and logistics centers.

Three people were killed by the missiles, a spokesman said.

Iran is a Syrian ally, and its military has been supporting President Bashar al-Assad.

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"I said that we will always maintain our right and our duty to take all actions required to defend ourselves against Iranian aggression".

The bombardment led to calls for calm from Russia, France, Germany and Britain and the European Union, while the United States put the blame squarely on Iran and stressed Israel's right to "self-defence".

Speaking about the back-and-forth fire between the IDF and Iranian forces, Lieberman said "there is nothing like the sin of vanity and there is no room for arrogance". Israel accuses Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold on its doorstep, something it has vowed never to allow. 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.

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) had "hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria". He added that he hoped Israel's action had ended the conflict and "everyone understood".

Israel had been preparing itself for weeks for possible Iranian retaliation. But it then went on to strike at most, if not all, of the Iranian installations it knows about in Syria.

Damascus shook with sounds of explosions just before dawn, and firing by Syrian air defenses over the city was heard for more than five hours. But Israel and Russian Federation have maintained close communications to prevent their air forces from coming into conflict.

President Trump based his decision on a report handed to him by Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu which showed that Iran attempted to develop a nuclear bomb.

Israel said 20 rockets, either Fajr or Grad type, were fired from Syria at its forces in the occupied Golan Heights at around midnight.

The Israeli military said its Iron Dome rocket defence system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles, while others caused only minimal damage.

The two sides have been on a collision course for months.

"Israel has entered a risky game", Allaeddine Boroujerdi said during a visit to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. Israel is unapologetic and has declared its commitment to further disproportionate attacks.

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