Netanyahu accuses Iran of sending combat drones to attack Israel

IRGC Aerospace Force commander Gen. Amir Ali Haji Zada

IRGC Aerospace Force commander Gen. Amir Ali Haji Zada

Then in February, thousands of USA troops came to Israel for five days of drilling together with the IDF and IAF in the biennial Juniper Cobra exercise, which involved a simulation of a two-front, massive missile attack on the Jewish state.

To contain the threat, Israel has said no strategic weaponry should be moved from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, no raids into Israel should come from Syria, and no Iranian soldiers should be permitted on the Israeli-Syrian border. We will not shy away from action against those who threaten our security. I do not denigrate the Iranians' capabilities, but on the other hand would not want to be in their place, as we have significant capabilities, and with its presence in Syria, Iran exposes itself. "You live in the dragon's mouth". "I raise a glass to the State of Israel and the IDF".

"Finally, if their goal was to change the equation for the benefit of Israel, the Israelis were also frustrated and stated that Trump's lovely rockets got a zero result", he added.

Should Israel continue to interfere with Iran's efforts to establish a firm military foothold in Syria, the Jewish state will face overwhelming retaliation, according to Brigadier General Hossein Salami, commander-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards. We are ready for any scenario. "Every point of the land you occupy will be reached by flames from the North and the West", Salami said, as reported by the semi-official Fars News Agency. The Washington Post, which provided several reports at the time of the drone attack, merely reprinted an Associated Press dispatch ("Israel Says Iran Drone Downed In Feb Was on Attack Mission", Feb. 13, 2018).

"Don't have hope in U.S. and United Kingdom; when they arrive, you're not there..." Iran, along with Damascus and its big-power backer Russian Federation, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on a Syrian air base, T-4, that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. These are Damascus International Airport, the Sayqal air base, the T-4 air base, an airfield near Aleppo and a base in Deir Ezzor. "There has never been such readiness and such willingness, both in the army and among the people of Israel, in recent memory". The worldwide opprobrium that would descend on Israel if it launched any direct attacks on Lebanon or Iran is another powerful cause for restraint.

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Israel's President Reuven Rivlin had said on Thursday that Israel is facing "direct threats from Iran".

That would be a departure from previous clashes between Israel and Iran, in which Tehran's reprisals were carried out through proxies, like the Hezbollah terrorist group, rather than by its own Revolutionary Guard Corps.

An Iranian military truck carries missiles past a portrait of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a parade on the occasion of the country's annual Army Day, in Tehran, on April 18.

Neither Israel nor Iran is interested in an outright confrontation, Yadlin said, "but both sides are determined not to concede anything".

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