Photo Credit: Ofer Zidon / Flash 90
An F-16 fighter jet takes off from Ramat David air force base.

The United States in a statement issued Thursday condemned the “provocative rocket attacks” launched early Thursday by Iran against Israel from Syria, unequivocally supporting Israel’s right to defend herself.

“The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East,” read a statement issued by the White House.

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But in an unprecedented move by a Gulf nation, Israel also won regional support in the fight against Iran’s missile attacks as well: Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa tweeted in Arabic, “As long as Iran changes the current situation in the area and exploits other countries by using its power and missiles, then every country in this region – including Israel – has a right to defend itself by destroying the source of danger.”

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the annual IDC Herzliya Conference on Thursday that Israeli fighter pilots “hit almost all Iranian infrastructures in Syria… They must understand: If it rains on us, it will pour on them.”

Four of the 30 Iranian missiles fired towards Israel were intercepted by Iron Dome anti-missile defense system interceptors; the others fell short within Syrian territory.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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