Iran launched missiles from Southern Syria towards Israeli military installations in Golan Heights Wednesday evening, resulting in rapid retaliation from the Jewish state.
Israel claims the 22 rockets fired into Golan Heights came directly from Iran, which would be the first time that Israel has attributed such actions to Iran without the use of proxy groups.
The Times of Israel, “The late-night Iranian rocket barrage and Israeli counterattack appeared to be the largest exchange in Syria since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.”
DANGEROUS’s Laura Loomer, who is in Israel on a reporting trip, documented the sounds of explosions heard Wednesday evening from her hotel room in a video posted to Twitter.
— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) May 10, 2018
IDF spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Conricus said four rockets were intercepted by an Israeli aerial defense system, while the others fell short of their targets. No injuries or damage were reported.
Israel’s response was swift and heavy handed, striking almost all of Iran’s military infrastructure inside Syria in the biggest assault since the start of the civil war there.
On Thursday morning, the White House strongly condemned the Iranian aggression against Israel, calling it “provocative” and “highly dangerous,” while reconfirming support for Israel to defend itself.
The rocket attack came almost immediately following President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal, which would have lifted all nuclear-related economic sanctions and allowed limited enrichment of uranian in Iran.
Following Trump’s announcement, Iranian lawmakers chanted “Death to America’ and burned a U.S. flag inside their own Parliament building.
Also following the announcement, which was one of candidate Trump’s campaign promises, the left-wing media grilled the president.
In one of nearly ten CNN articles published to paint the withdraw in a negative light, the Most Trusted Name In News called the move “a propensity to turn even the most crucial moments into a global televised drama, and his ravenous desire to eradicate President Barack Obama from the history books,” as well as “showing his willingness to unleash the kind of chaos abroad he has fomented at home.”
A Bloomberg editorial labeled it a “mistake,” and wrote “President Donald Trump’s initiative shows no sign of having been thought through.”
However, as The New York Times pointed out in an editorial by author Bret Stephens, “Just 21 percent of Americans approved of the deal at the time it went through, against 49 percent who did not, according to a Pew poll. The agreement ‘passed’ on the strength of a 42-vote Democratic filibuster, against bipartisan, majority opposition.”
In April, evidence of Iran running a covert nuclear weapons program came to light through Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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