In fact, a recent Twitter poll conducted by the host of Al Jazeera's debate program, The Opposite Direction, Faisal al-Qassem, indicates that a majority of his followers (56 percent) - many of whom are Syrian - cast their support for Israel's airstrikes against Iran inside Syria's borders. The organization fought in the Syrian Civil War and lost more than 2,000 members to this date. The Lebanese militant group and its backers in Tehran do not recognize the Jewish state and have sworn its destruction. Sirens sounded in northern Israel because of the missiles fired at Israeli jets, and the attack was over just before 9 a.m.
The only player in Syria with any kind of leverage over Iran is the Kremlin.
Israel has blamed Iran for sending the drone over Israeli airspace and downing its jet. Following which, military experts had analyzed the footage released by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) on Saturday night and said that the Iranian drone was called Saeqeh (Thunderbolt) whose design was based off a USA aerial vehicle.
The remarks came only two days after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that Israeli forces would press ahead with their operations inside Syria even though Syrian air defense systems downed an intruding Israeli F-16 warplane. Bashar al-Assad's government is only recapturing territory from the various rebel factions thanks to the intervention of its patrons in Tehran and Moscow. One has been released from the hospital and the other is recovering.
At 8:45 a.m., the IDF launched a "large-scale attack" against "the Syrian aerial defense array and additional Iranian targets in Syria". On Monday, Israeli military officials estimated that the strikes had wiped out about half of Syria's air force. This latest military action draws Israel further into the Syrian Civil War.
In response, Israel scrambled F-16's to take out what it called the Iranian "command and control" center that launched the drone at a Syrian air base near Palmyra.
How do you see Russia's role with regard to Israel and Iran? Iranian and its controlled Shiite militias, especially Hezbollah, are slowly encroaching on Israel's Golan Heights. Threats by Iran to wipe Israel off the map have fueled Jerusalem's blanket opposition to Iran's nuclear program.
How many military forces in Syria are actually under Iranian influence? And there is also a chance of unintended confrontation between USA and Russian pilots over Syria, and similarly between Israeli and Russian pilots. The concern is that Hezbollah will use those weapons to attack Israel.
Another said the pilots ejected "when they recognized that one of the missiles had locked onto their jet".
But Iran's drone suggests that it's getting more assertive.
Iran's fateful decision to send a military drone from Syria into Israeli airspace last weekend has changed everything in the Middle East. "A broader war could be one miscalculation away".
We can not discuss the repercussions of the conflict in Syria without stating that Iran itself is subject to threats. In a statement, it said Israel had targeted an air base in the Homs desert that is being used to fly drones in missions against Islamic State. "This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel's sovereignty".
The Syrian government has warned the Israeli military of "more surprises" should Tel Aviv commit any further acts of aggression against the Arab country plagued by foreign-sponsored militancy. But were this weekend's strikes the opening shots of another war? SANA said that "an aggression" by the coalition against "popular forces" that were fighting the Islamic State group and the US -backed Syrian Democratic Forces. "There is a new Cold War prevailing in Syria and any escalation could pave the way for a regional or global war given the fact that the big powers are directly present on the ground and not through proxies, as used to be the case in the past". "Continuing to appease this regime will drag the region to war". After the incident, the U.S. State Department, among others, expressed support for "Israel's sovereign right to defend itself".
"Israel is a staunch ally of the United States", the White House statement said. But conflict between Iran, Assad, Hezbollah and Israel does more than destabilize Syria - it throws a wrench into Moscow's Middle East agenda.