House of Cards

Due in part to Russia, war between Israel and Iran is not on the horizon, despite rising tensions in Syria.

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May 16, 2018 10:30
ussian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Serbian President Aleksandar

Malcolm Hoenlein (center) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic lay flowers at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, in Alexander Garden in Moscow, on May 9ceives his honorary doctorate from Bar-Ilan University at the Tel Aviv Fairgrou. (photo credit: KREMLIN/REUTERS)

THE FIRST two weeks of May were very hectic and dramatic for Israeli leaders and security chiefs in dealing with Iran. On May 1, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that Mossad operatives had stolen Iran’s central nuclear archive, proving that the Islamic Republic had violated its nuclear deal with the six major world powers. A week later, in light of the revelations, and more importantly, the contents of the stolen documents and disks, the US cancelled and pulled out of the deal.

A few hours after President Donald Trump announced his decision, Israeli intelligence prevented a revenge attack by Iran. The Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked and destroyed an Iranian mobile launcher in Syria that carried rockets slated to be fired against Israel.

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