Syrian base was used 'as if it were Iran's own'

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"Over the past four decades, since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the United States has gained no significant achievement in the region", he noted.

Experts said on Israel's Channel 11 news station that neither side wanted to appear weak, but also that war was too great of a risk for either party.

During the confrontations, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was hit , presumably by Syrian fire, resulting in the plane crashing over Israeli soil.

"Our policy is clear: Israel will defend itself against any aggression and any attempt to violate its sovereignty", Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, as cited by Israeli media.

Iran's expanding clout during the Syrian civil war, including deployments of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, has raised alarm in Israel, which has said it would act against any threat from its regional arch-enemy Tehran.

"Thanks to God, the Islamic Republic of Iran today is stronger than ever". But one "proportional response" could lead to another by Iran.

Netanyahu said he had spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue. The Israelis shot down the drone and then launched an air raid.

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It said it sent its jets into Syria after shooting down an Iranian drone over Israeli territory earlier on Saturday. Netanyahu said he and Tillerson discussed the flare-up on Saturday. Senior Israeli officials have acknowledged there have been more than 100 airstrikes.

"The (US) Department of Defence did not participate in this military operation", Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway said on Saturday. They are both in the Rambam Hospital. "Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel", Netanyahu said.

The chain of events started at about 4:30 a.m. on Saturday, when an Iranian drone penetrated into Israeli air space, said the IDF.

"During the attack, anti-aircraft missiles were fired towards Israel, triggering alarms that were heard in Northern Israel", the military said.

"Israel will continue to enforce its redlines, and all global and regional actors interested in stabilizing the region should work together to counter Iran, prevent it from basing itself in Syria, and stop its support of Hezbollah", the minister said.

Netanyahu is seeking to persuade Russian Federation to limit Iran's presence near Israel and to stop it from entrenching itself militarily in Syria. Iran and allied militias have fought alongside government troops against rebels and Islamist factions in the seven-year-old Syrian war. Israel called it a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty".

"This is a serious Iranian attack on Israeli territory. Iran is dragging the region into an adventure in which it doesn't know how it will end", Israel's chief military spokesman, Brig.

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