Haaretz and other sources quoted a senior Tehran official saying attacking Syria would be considered one against Iran. Mehr News was cited.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's aide, Ali Akbar Velayati, said:
"Syria has a very basic and key role in the region for promoting firm policies of resistance."
"For this reason, an attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran and Iran's allies."
Iran and Syria have mutual defense priorities. In 2005, terms were agreed. It permits deploying Iranian weapons in Syria. In 2006, military cooperation was extended against "common threats." Washington and Israel were mentioned.
Targeting Iran is prioritized. The road to Tehran runs through Damascus. War on Syria is more than about deposing Assad. It's to isolate Iran. It's to weaken and replace Hezbollah. Regional conflict looms. Launching it endangers humanity.
Israeli's have their own cross to bear. They have themselves to blame. Voting unwisely reaps the whirlwind. Occupation harshness continues. Settlements keep expanding. Neoliberal austerity is policy.
War on Israel's border threatens spillover. Nonexistent existential threats are hyped. Repetition gets people to believe them. Regional conflict harms everyone.
Netanyahu's burden sharing, "security (through) strength," and stability through conflict should worry everyone. What's ahead demands close monitoring.
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