Europe split in confronting the USA sanctions on Iran; Washington isolated

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The White House accused and condemned Iran for its role but did not mention a long campaign of Israeli airstrikes against other suspected Iranian targets in Syria that led up to the most recent exchange.

While Israel again reiterated that it reserves the right to confront any threat to its national security, in particular by striking alleged Iranian-linked weapons depots that Israel believes are destined for Hezbollah - Nasrallah has warned Tel Aviv against their irresponsible deeper involvement in Syria. It is no secret Iran and Israel don't particularly like one another, but Trump's decision to pull the United States of America out of the Iran Nuclear Deal has now emboldened both sides and pushed them towards a military conflict that could potentially destroy the region, and it is something we should be observing with great care and caution.

Russia and Israel established several channels of communication to prevent accidental clashes soon after the start of the Russian intervention in Syria in late 2015, including a hot line between the Israeli military command in Tel Aviv and Russia's airbase at Khmeimim. Israel launched airstrikes on Syria in May, and likely many others in April, March, and February. Shortly after the president declared the US exit, Israeli jets struck what may have been an Iranian military site in Al-Kiswa, south of Damascus.

Israel's well-trained and effective military is a powerful force to be reckoned with.

Nasrallah said Israel has downplayed its losses in the strikes, in which he said 55 rockets hit military targets in the Golan for the first time since Israel and Syria had reached a cease fire and a disengagement agreement in 1974. Force, in this case, will be met with more force and aggression.

Iranian media described the attacks as "unprecedented", but there was no official Iranian comment on Israel's claims.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Putin in Moscow.

In Iran, hardliners who oppose working with the U.S. have gotten what they wanted, and it is now likely that they will gain more influence and power as a result of the US' decision. Iran has denied that it has an extensive military presence in Syria, saying its contingent is limited to military advisers, who are in the country to help the Syrian army ongoing fight against terrorism.

This restraint became the context, which enabled tactical understanding regarding Syria between Israel and Russian Federation, who created for the first time a "hot line" between their militaries, especially between the air forces.

"The war in Syria is over".

Now to Israel's displeasure, they have established a dominant and long-term military presence in the Middle-East in a way the West never could. With Iran's influence being felt across the Middle-East, the West and rest of the world should watch in horror as a violent and aggressive regime looks set to further gain control of large parts of the Middle-East, which could provoke further conflict and bloodshed.

On Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the Israeli strikes, saying that "the Zionist regime can not stand peace and stability in the region, and sees its own safety in making the region all the more unstable".

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