Minutes before US, British and French forces pounded Syria with air strikes American President Donald Trump in a scathing attack on Syrian allis Russian Federation and Iran questioned their support for Bashar al-Assad.
Israel immediately responded at the time with strikes against Syrian air defenses and Iranian "targets", hailing it as "the biggest and most significant attack the air force has conducted against Syrian air defenses" since the 1982 Lebanon War.
Hezbollah's leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, said the attack on the air base in Syria ushers in a new phase that puts Israel in a state of "direct confrontation" with the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Trump said the U.S.is prepared to sustain pressure on Assad until he ends what the president called a criminal pattern of killing his own people with internationally banned chemical weapons.
US-led strikes in Syria on Saturday (April 14) are an "important signal" to Iran, Syria and and Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, a senior Israeli Cabinet minister said.
"Trump says, "The nations of the world can be judged by the friends they keep".
Iran, the Hezbollah terror organization's main patron, has threatened to attack the Jewish state over the predawn Monday missile barrage on the air base near Palmyra in central Syria attributed to the Jewish state.
Despite Iran's claim that its presence in Syria is at the request of the official government, in fact it depends more on what Russian Federation wants. Trump has already indicated he would like to withdraw the estimated 2,000 USA ground troops in northern Syria, where they've been assisting Syrian Kurds to defeat Islamic State militants.
Speaking via satellite link to his supporters in Beirut Friday, Nasrallah called the alleged chemical weapons attack in Douma "theater".
Russia, another major supporter of the Assad regime, has also denounced the US -led airstrikes. "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", an Israeli official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The first air strike ordered by Trump occurred in April past year.
Trump says that last Saturday, Syrian President Bashar Assad deployed chemical weapons in what was a "significant escalation in a pattern of chemical weapons use by that very awful regime". Shortly thereafter, the Israeli Air Force retaliated by launching a large-scale attack near Damascus, destroying over 10 Iranian and Syrian targets.