Russia, after Netanyahu visit, backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies

Russia, after Netanyahu visit, backs off Syria S-300 missile supplies

With Trump's backing, Israel may even feel emboldened to take further pre-emptive action against Iranian targets in Syria.

Reports of unprecedented clashes between Israel and Iran over Syria have sparked calls for restraint from world leaders anxious about the risk of all-out war, even as both sides say they want to avoid a regional conflict.

Israeli Army and Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman have claimed that the overnight clash between the Iranian and Israeli armies, was a setback to Iran's military capabilities by many months.

Minister of military affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, claimed that Israel had "hit nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria" in response to a barrage of 20 rockets fired at Israeli military outposts in the occupied Golan Heights.

Guterres' comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel.

Foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi was quoted on Iranian state TV as saying: "Iran strongly condemns..."

Iran must tread a delicate line as it seeks to show resolve against Trump and the Israeli strikes without alienating the European partners it needs to salvage something from the nuclear deal.

Tehran has not completely walked away from the nuclear deal, since the Europeans are still participating.

Iran's main ballistic missiles. The worshippers chanted: "Death to America", and "Death to Israel".

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said Iran had obtained a letter sent by Mr Trump to Arab allies demanding that they do more for the U.S. in return for America's military presence in the Middle East.

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In Jerusalem, round 200 Jews gathered on the Western Wall for prayers "towards the enemy". Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the strikes had removed any moral obligation Russian Federation had to withhold the missiles and Russia's Kommersant daily cited unnamed military sources as saying deliveries might begin imminently. Iranian officials have rejected any new accord.

Israel has increasingly warned that it sees Iranian influence in Syria as a threat, pointing to Iran's military presence inside the country as well as that of Iranian-backed militiamen.

At the same time, the government said it has tasked the president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran with "taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's courageous nuclear scientists".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that Israel would be victorious in its "ongoing campaign" against Iran.

In strikes near the capital on May 8, the monitor said at least 15 were killed, including eight Iranians.

During the rule of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, Iran had close relations with Israel starting in the 1950s, including diplomatic representations and direct flights. The Iranians show no sign of expecting a war with the United States or Israel, at least in the near future, whatever the belligerent rhetoric coming out of Washington, Tel Aviv and Tehran.

However, one analyst at London's Chatham House, Yossi Mekelberg, said the strikes on Iranian targets "were likely undertaken with tacit Russian approval".

Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov said Friday the deal between Iran, Russia and other members of the Moscow-dominated Eurasian Economic Union is set to be signed next week.

It said in a statement that they underlined their aim of preserving the Iran deal after the United States' withdrawal, and that both expressed concern about recent developments in the region.

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