In response to this, the following morning, Israel carried out a series of airstrikes on Iranian targets in Syria.
The intense 24 hours between the two countries could be just the beginning of further conflict. Iran is attacking Israel because it does not want Israel to get involved in the efforts to deter Iranian forces in Syria. Last year Iran did the same thing, for the same reason – it did not want Israel to take any action against Iran in Syria so it fired 30 projectiles towards the Golan Heights. It was another attack that Israel did not let pass – it carried out a huge counter-attack.
Iran is desperate to construct missile bases the whole way across Syria and it is no secret that the regime wants to use the country to carry out cross-border strikes. It wants a great number of militias to be based in Syria and Iran would take advantage of land corridors that it controls to send personnel and weapons across. Then it is in a better position to attack Israel.
Israel, of course, is not going to sit back and watch this happen. It has very clearly understood that a Syria controlled by Iran is not something that any country in the region wants.
How the situation will evolve is not yet clear. It could continue much in the same way. In other words, Iran could continue striking Israel, which would result in further retaliatory strikes like the events of this Sunday and Monday. Israel has the upper hand in this kind of conflict because of its far superior technology and its ability to launch extremely precise strikes.
However, there is also the potential that the situation escalates further and a full-blown war between the two regional enemies erupts. The likelihood of this happening is quite high and all it takes is one tiny blunder or miscalculation to start a bitter conflict.
Iran is on the offensive because it is in an utterly impossible situation. Israel’s role in all of this is purely defensive. It is protecting itself from the threat Iran is posing and it cannot sit back and let Iran attack. The most concerning factor in all of this is Iran’s desperation.
It is under immense pressure from the international community, in particular the United States, and the people of Iran show themselves to be determined for regime change. Becoming more and more isolated, the regime is working hard on its quests in the region.