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Israel and Iran are attacking each other — and it could lead to outright war

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Israel and Iran moved a step closer to outright war Thursday, after Israel pounded Iranian military targets in Syria in response to rockets fired at Israeli army positions in the Golan Heights.

The exchanges follow months of rising tensions over Iran’s growing military activities in Syria. Israel has repeatedly hit Iranian positions over the border, and braced itself for blowback. Shortly after midnight Thursday, that Iranian response finally came — the first time Tehran has struck Israel from inside Syria.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that his country’s forces had hit almost all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria in retaliation. The U.K.-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 people had been killed in the Israeli strikes.

“I hope we finished this chapter, and everyone got the message,” Lieberman said. But with tensions in the region at boiling point over the Syrian civil war, the disintegration of the Iran nuclear deal, and the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem Monday, few expect this to be the end of the matter.

“When he says it’s the end of the chapter, the question is what is the rest of the book?” Yossi Mekelberg, head of international relations at Regent’s University London, told VICE News.

Israel and Iran moved a step closer to outright war Thursday, after Israel pounded Iranian military targets in Syria in response to rockets fired at Israeli army positions in the Golan Heights.

The exchanges follow months of rising tensions over Iran’s growing military activities in Syria. Israel has repeatedly hit Iranian positions over the border, and braced itself for blowback. Shortly after midnight Thursday, that Iranian response finally came — the first time Tehran has struck Israel from inside Syria.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that his country’s forces had hit almost all of Iran’s infrastructure in Syria in retaliation. The U.K.-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 23 people had been killed in the Israeli strikes.

“I hope we finished this chapter, and everyone got the message,” Lieberman said. But with tensions in the region at boiling point over the Syrian civil war, the disintegration of the Iran nuclear deal, and the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem Monday, few expect this to be the end of the matter.

“When he says it’s the end of the chapter, the question is what is the rest

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