That may be about to change, and if it does, it will have vast implications for Syria, Lebanon and the whole Middle East.
"The theory that Israel has is that these operations will embarrass the Russians to the point they will put pressure on the Iranians, which will inevitably create tension between the two", Doran said. In a press briefing, Kuperwasser told reporters that Israel and Iran are "in an ongoing armed conflict around Iranian aspiration to turn Syria into a base from which it can improve its capability to hit Israel".
Trump and Netanyahu spoke about Syria earlier this month in a phone call which, according to two unnamed USA officials "grew tense" over Israeli concerns that a US withdrawal from Syria will allow Iran to increase its influence there.
Although nobody would confirm the admission officially, a senior member of the IDF was quoted in the New York Times Monday as stating that Israel did indeed attack a Syrian air base a week ago. "This opened a new period".
Tehran's Bahram Ghasemi, the foreign ministry spokesman, has previously promised the nation would respond "sooner or later" to Israel aggression, hinting World War 3 could break out horrifyingly soon.
So now the whole neighborhood is holding its breath: Will there be a Round 3? The Times of Israel noted that the IDF's statement, "came after the airstrike in Syria this week - blamed on Israel by Syria, Iran and Russian Federation - reportedly killed 14 people, including seven Iranian military advisers, one of whom was a colonel in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps air force". "The message is that the Iran-Hezbollah-Syria network is not going to be allowed to do what it wants - and that there will be consequences". But Israel still seeks US confirmation of a policy of military containment of Iran in Syria.
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Some reservists said they only received the second message, but not the original instruction to report to their bases.
The release of the images came at a time when Iran was preparing for an anticipated retaliation to Israel strikes against Syria's T-4 airbase in Homs last week. The message from Israel to the Quds Force was hard to miss: "Beware".
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Iran has legitimate security concerns in the Gulf; it faces a number of hostile, pro-American Sunni Arab powers trying to contain its influence and undermine its Islamic regime.
Khazen also alludes to the warming of relations between Tel Aviv and Washington, which is at its best in decades since Trump was elected president as both view Iran as a common enemy and a threat to their strategic interests.
But what is Iran doing in Syria?
President Trump called Syrian leader Bashar Assad a "monster" on Friday night as he announced airstrikes to punish Assad for an apparent chemical weapons attack against Syrian civilians.