Israel wishes to keep Iran, a Syrian ally, as far away from its border as possible—along with Iran's proxy, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah.
The death toll includes 19 Iranians, raising fears that the region may be sliding into an unprecedented direct confrontation between two archenemies.
The attack, said to be a response to an Iranian rocket barrage on Israeli positions in the Golan Heights, is the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
The Israeli military said its Iron Dome rocket defense system intercepted some of the incoming projectiles, while others caused only minimal damage.
“Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said, vowing that his country would do “whatever is necessary" in defense.
Author Pamela Pennock pushes back against politically fueled stereotypes and makes a case for reframing Arab Americans’ present-day struggles.
Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hezbollah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side.
Israel shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet Tuesday, saying it had penetrated into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.
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