Iran is playing with fire, Israeli defense official warns

By Yoav Limor, Yoni Hersch, Daniel Siryoti and Eli Leo, Israel Hayom— Iran is “playing with fire” in its efforts to entrench itself in Syria, Israel’s northern neighbor, a senior Israeli defense official warned Wednesday. The statement followed a Fox News report that included satellite images that prove Iran is building another permanent military base in…

IDF simulates war in Lebanon, amid tensions with Iran, Hezbollah

BY Judah Ari Gross, Times of Israel-— The IDF Galilee Division on Thursday completed a series of large-scale exercises designed to prepare the military for a potential rapidly unfolding war in Lebanon, the army said amid rising tensions in recent weeks along Israel’s northern frontier. “Conscripted soldiers, along with reservists, took part in the exercise.…

UN chief warns of nightmare scenario if Israel, Hezbollah clash

By Reuters— United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he was worried about the possibility of a direct confrontation between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group. Guterres said the latest signals from Israel and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah showed the will to not let this happen but “sometimes a spark is enough to unleash this…

Lavrov Issues Rare Rebuke of Iran for Calling for Israel’s Destruction

By Herb Keinon, JPost— Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov chastised Iran on Monday for calling for Israel’s destruction during a panel discussion in Moscow where Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was sitting with him on the dais. “We have stated many times that we won’t accept the statements that Israel, as a Zionist state, should…

Report: Before Strikes, Netanyahu Warned Iran Israel Would Respond With Force to Provocations

By Deborah Danon, Breitbart— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is said to have warned Iran via European leaders in recent weeks that he would respond militarily to any provocation, an Israeli TV report said Sunday. Prior to Israel’s downing of an Iranian drone Saturday in the country’s north and the ensuing strikes in Syria, Netanyahu spoke…