Anna Borschchevskaya, an expert on Russian policy towards the Middle East for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, told JNS that Putin does not "really have an interest, nor ability, to restrain Iran".
The immediate tensions stem from an Israeli air strike on what they claimed was an Iranian drone facility at the so-called T-4 air base, near Palmyra, on 9 April, which reportedly killed several Iranian military advisers.
Fears of war have increased further in recent days, following President Donald Trump's announcement Wednesday of the United States' withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
A series of strikes over the last few months - all blamed on Israel - have struck Iranian assets in Syria and killed Iranian forces there. Iran has neither directly confirmed or denied the allegation.
Robert Fisk, who has repeatedly challenged dominant USA media narratives on the Syrian civil war and other Middle East crises, argued in a column for The Independent on Thursday that the "latest overnight Israeli air strikes, supposedly at Iranian forces in Syria after a supposed Iranian rocket attack on Israeli forces in Golan-and it's important to use the "supposed" and not take all this at face value-must have been known to the Americans in advance". Israel carried out the strike with impunity after entering Syrian airspace uninvited.
Speaking at the Herzliya Conference, an annual security gathering north of Tel Aviv, Lieberman said Israel would respond fiercely to any further Iranian actions. "We have no desire to escalate". It's the first time Iran itself, and not a proxy, has launched an attack on the Jewish state. This would allow them to attack Israel not only from Lebanese soil - where Israel waged a destructive war with Hezbollah in 2006 - but also from across the border. This, coupled with Israel and Russian Federation growing closer in recent years, has resulted in Iran no longer enjoying outright backing from Moscow.
In a rare public gesture by an Arab government, Bahrain expressed its support for the Israeli air raids.
Zarif made no mention of the flare-up with Israel, but said the country had the right to defend itself, particularly in the light of the eight-year war with Iraq that began when the regime of Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980. Israel has warned it will not tolerate its archenemy Iran establishing a military presence on its doorstep.
Israel said the targets included weapons storage, logistics sites and intelligence centers used by elite Iranian forces in Syria. It also attacked Syrian anti-aircraft batteries after they entered the fray.
An Israeli airstrike on Iranian military installations in Syria left 23 people dead, according to a watchdog group. The Israeli military had no comment. It said it intercepted most of the Israeli missiles.
IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus told a news briefing Thursday morning that all the Israeli fighters returned safely after destroying Iranian and Syrian targets.
Israel has conducted scores of strikes on Iran and its allies inside Syria, rarely acknowledging them publicly.
The ship's chief engineering commander, Hu Wenming, told the broadcaster the carrier was smaller than US carriers' Nimitz class. The ship, temporarily named Type 001A, was floated off in April 2017 after nearly 4 years of construction.
Christians, many of whom from the ethnic Chinese minority, make up about 9% of Indonesia's 260 million people. As Indonesia is mostly Muslim-majority country is facing resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent months.
The Palestinians want the right to return to land they were forced to leave behind in 1948 when the state of Israeli was formed. The vast majority of people killed at or near the fence have been Hamas and other terror group members .
Flames shot out from a Walt Disney World parade float Friday and they were not the result of special effects. Local firefighters responded to the fire, but it had already been extinguished by the time they arrived.
Following the cancelation, there's word that it's possible Hulu picks up the series to allow its continuation. This could save the show from getting completely canceled, even if it doesn't air any more episodes on Fox .
The Tigers have actually won seven of their last 10 home games, but just 4-10 in Boyd's last 14 home starts. Robinson Cano chased Fulmer from the game in the fifth when he hit a 3-run home run to make it 6-2 Seattle.
Her faith was rewarded, for Moses was found by the Egyptian princess and raised up to become the deliverer and lawgiver of Israel. A Greenville moving business packed up a success with its seventh Mother's Day drive to support area women's shelters on Friday.
Li arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday for an official visit to Japan and to attend the 7th China-Japan-South Korea leaders' meeting . Abe and Li on Friday attended a forum created to promote exchanges between Japanese and Chinese local authorities.
The spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Matt Frei Israel doesn't want war with any of its neighbours. Note that the experts of the human rights organization based in London, receive data from the network of informants in Syria.
French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris on July 28, 2017, after the weekly cabinet meeting. Police first tried to stop the assailant with a stun-gun before shooting him dead, nine minutes after he began the attack.
Pennington showed a ton of heart surviving as long as she did, but Nunes poured it on in the final frame to get the win. Nunes and Pennington are friends away from the cage, and that probably won't change.
Exit polls are just for entertainment: Siddaramaiah
He has claimed that the BJP will secure 140-150 seats and that he will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his swearing in. While Belagavi district had the highest number of voters (37,23,585), Kodagu district had the lowest voter share (4,33,846).
Weekend forecast: A little rain, a little sunshine
Monday morning going into the afternoon on and off periods of showers and storms will be possible across our area. After some thunderstorm activity Friday night , the weather remains a bit unsettled over the next few days.
Bank of England maintains policy rate
It said this would come in the form of two 0.25% rate hikes, believed to be in May and November. That wasn't a surprising decision following weaker than anticipated growth and inflation data .