In Syria, a unsafe subplot: Iran vs

In Syria, a unsafe subplot: Iran vs

In Syria, a unsafe subplot: Iran vs

Israel launched a second large-scale attack, striking 12 targets inside Syria, including four Iranian installations.

Nonetheless, Russia appears to be the sole country capable of playing the role of mediator, as Moscow has warm ties with both Iran and Israel. What guarantees the security and stability of countries that are surrounded with war is security, and an end to expansive political projects. And it seems to have worked, since there have been no reported entanglements between them in the crowded skies above Syria and Lebanon in the past two years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in Moscow with Vladimir Putin in late January to discuss the need for security cooperation and deconfliction in the region. So far, the Trump administration's response looks underpowered. This is very reminiscent of the imbroglio that existed right before the World War I. One can only hope that this time the outcome will not be the same. Up to now, Israel has been trying to avoid direct confrontation on this level with the Iranians. And the possibility becomes much more probable that the cycle of the steps and countersteps could lead to an open escalation.

The drone was reportedly derived from the US drone that Iran captured in 2011. In addition, there are roughly a few hundred Iranian experts from the Revolutionary Guards and Quds forces.

But they are competing for control of Deir el-Zour with Russian-backed Syrian troops that are reinforced by Iranian-supported militias.

The massive Russian involvement tipped the military balance of the civil war in favor of the Assad regime and its Iranian ally. Therefore, Iran is free to advance its own interests: building bases in Syrian territory that may later be used against Israel and integrating Iranian forces into the structure of the Syrian army and advancing them later to the border of Israel.

Israel does not want Iran , which is supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, to entrench itself militarily next door. But we do see some cracks, when looking under the surface.

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The conflict in Syria will also affect Iran, itself. The Syrians were effective in blocking these Iranian attempts. Iran and its Shiite militias, along with Russian Federation, are helping the Assad regime militarily. The only way to contain Iran and its proxies in Syria is to work with Russian Federation and Syria's neighbors towards finding a political solution. If Israel were a model democracy, it would not promote civil unrest in other countries, rather it would grant all Palestinians full civil rights, thereby resolving the unrest in its own country. So far, the Russians have been able to sustain the friction between those sides. Last weekend's clashes on Israel's northern border occurred within this context.

The Israeli military released grainy black and white footage of what it said was the drone's control vehicle in Syria being destroyed.

"We can expect first of all some propaganda, some claims of victory, but the response on the ground is probably going to be measured", Orden told RT.

Are there options for the Europeans to mediate? The language of "it said" and "claims" could lead readers to think that the matter is up for reasonable debate.

According to the Jewish state, an Israeli helicopter shot down the drone inside Israel , north of the city of Beit Shean. It is true that Iran is more influent than ever in the region thanks to the Assad regime; and that's why Israel has targeted Assad's forces and the Iranians at the same time. Here I refer to the POW swap where Germany was the main negotiator and facilitator in the past.

What outcome would justify another USA war in a region where all the previous wars in this century have left us bleeding, bankrupt, divided and disillusioned?

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