Israel, too, may feel emboldened by US President Donald Trump's decision this week to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Israel responded Thursday with an unprecedented counterstrike on Iranian infrastructure in Syria, where the two have been fighting a proxy war for years.
"We are in the midst of a protracted battle and our policy is clear: We will not allow Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria", he said in a brief video address.
"The Israelis believe they are facing a nightmare scenario right now, where Iran is on the march in Syria, with the intention to start a war that will end Israel", he added. "We must succeed in building our own sovereignty, which in this region, will be the guarantor of stability", he said.
Later, in the early hours of the morning, explosions were heard in Damascus, while live images were broadcast on television showing projectiles above the Syrian capital and several missiles destroyed by anti-aircraft systems.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in Moscow on Wednesday for Russia's celebration of Victory Day, marking the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.
Russian Federation has become a major player in the Middle East since intervening in the Syrian war on the side of the Damascus regime in September 2015. "Syrian military batteries fired surface-to-air missiles against us and, therefore, we attacked them", Netanyahu said. "Iran is highly interested in keeping the deal" intact, Ivashov said, implying that Tehran would probably avoid any aggressive steps that could spark a backlash from the global community.
The alleged Iranian attack last night - I say alleged because at this stage there is no confirmation from Iranian sources as to the precise authors of the attack - involved a single and relatively short-range system, what appears to have been a multiple-barrelled rocket launcher. For too long, US policy has all but entirely ignored the Iranian buildup in Syria and neighboring countries.
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"Should there be another Iranian attack, we will be prepared for it", he said.
"We will not let Iran turn Syria into a forward base against Israel, " he said.
The two sides have been on a collision course for months.
"There should be work to de-escalate the tensions", the TASS news agency quoted him as saying on Thursday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said dozens of rockets were fired from Syria towards the Israeli-occupied Golan, but did not confirm they were fired by Iranian forces.
It said Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps "bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions".
Israel's red lines up to now have been related to the transfer of advanced weaponry by Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Israel's strikes against the targets located on "the territory of another sovereign state" are a violation of worldwide law and a direct "act of military aggression", he added.
He added that Russian Federation is also closely watching Washington's exit from the Iran nuclear deal, which the Kremlin has opposed.