Analysis: Israel-Iran Missile Exchange Had NOTHING To Do With JCPOA Withdrawal

We reported earlier about the exchange of fire between Israel and Iranian forces in Syria after the Islamic regime launched a number of missiles.  The media would have us think this is because President Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal.  But, Jeff Dunetz tells us at The Lid, that’s not quite correct:

If you believe the press last night’s action was a response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA but that’s not true.

On February 10th of this year, Iran sent a drone into Israeli territory. The Israeli Airforce not only shot the drone down but launched an air attack on they Syrian Airbase where Iran’s drone operations are based. April 9th saw Israel attack the same Syrian Airbase (without admitting they were behind the attack).

After examining the film and the drone wreckage for two months,  the government of Israel revealed that the Iranian drone shot down on 10 February had been carrying explosive material.  The drone wasn’t armed with separately deliverable bombs or missiles, but rather it was the ‘bomb’ itself. And it had been directed against an Israeli target by its controller.

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“Over the past two months, Israeli officials including Prime Minister Netanyahu have repeatedly stated that the Iranian military presence in Syria was intolerable,” Dunetz said, adding:

On April 29th it is believed that Israel struck again. A huge blast was reported at a weapons depot near Hama, Syria said to be used by Iran.  The blast was so significant it reportedly registered as a 2.6 magnitude seismic event. Iran swore to retaliate for the end of April strike.

As you can see by the above, while President Trump announced he was pulling out of the Iran deal on Tuesday, May 8th, the attack of Thursday morning would have happened whatever the President said about the JCPOA

Translation:  It really didn’t matter what Trump did…

Dunetz has more, here.

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