Israel and Iran are on the brink of war

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at a conference of local governments in Tel Aviv

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks at a conference of local governments in Tel Aviv

One of the most confounding - and risky - aspects of the six-year-conflict in Syria is that its roster of combatants continues to broaden.

Voicing Iran's support for the Syrian government's legitimate right to protect its territorial integrity and sovereignty, the spokesman stressed that Iran does not seek tensions in the region. Islamic State has been routed from most of its territory but still holds pockets of the Euphrates River valley.

The Israeli air raids began early on Saturday when the country's military said it had intercepted an unmanned aircraft over the city of Beit Shean "on a military mission sent and operated by Iranian military forces".

Now another subplot is emerging, involving one of America's strongest allies: Israel. "And I think this again illustrates why Iran's presence in Syria is only destabilising to the region", Tillerson said during a press conference in Amman.

During the UN Security Council briefing on the Situation in Syria on Wednesday, the US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley defended the Israeli regime for its aggression in Syria in response to the downing of its fighter jet, and accused Iran of taking destabilizing moves in the region. However, on their way back, at least one of the Israeli fighter jets came under anti-aircraft fire over Syrian territory, and crashed on Israeli territory. There's much more to this than a violation of airspace.

Almost a week after Israel attacked Iranian targets in Syria, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman implied on Wednesday that it might continue to do so.

She added that the US will continue to stand by Israel when it is "confronted with provocations from Iran, Hezbollah, or the Assad regime".

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