Leaked video from a meeting between Israel’s head of Military Intelligence, Maj. Gen. Tamir Hyman, and a number of foreign security ministers shows him warning them that Iran’s presence in Syria isn’t meant to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s battle against terrorists, but instead to threaten Israel.

Hyman showed the crowd of foreign security officials a map of suspected Iranian bases in Syria. The leaked video wasn’t of a high-enough quality to pick it up, but it “showed them spread throughout the country,” according to the Times of Israel. The video was shot apparently in secret at a homeland security conference held in Jerusalem by Israeli Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan during the week of June 11.

​”You probably think it’s because they are trying to help the Assad regime fight extremists, fight terror. Well, get ready for a surprise: In all these places on the map there has been no fighting going on for half a month,” Hyman said while showcasing the map.

He said Iran is “trying to increase that effort… of ability and capability to launch rockets from there and to establish cells of their own that can penetrate Israel and harm the villages in the Golan Heights.”

The Golan Heights in Syria have been illegally occupied by the Israeli government the 1967 Six Day War. There, villagers have 

“The fact that [Iranians] succeeded on (sic) launching rockets to Israel, [causing] us to open shelters, created, in their eyes, a huge success, although it was total failure operationally,” Hyman said.

He was referring to the firing of projectiles on May 9 toward Israel from Syria, which set off Israeli sirens in the Golan Heights. Some were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system. While Israel had been striking positions in Syria since the day prior, beginning one hour after US President Donald Trump announced that he would pull out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal, Israel responded to the attack by striking a number of positions in Syria on May 10.

​Israel blamed Iran for the rocket fire. “Launches of about 20 missiles were registered at around midnight toward the frontier positions in the Golan Heights by Iran’s al-Quds forces,” an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman told reporters.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed that Israel had, in response, struck “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”

That was disputed by Syrian journalist Fady Marouf, who told Sputnik Mundo May 11 that “The pretext [for the bombings] was to allegedly strike Iranian bases. But there are no Iranian bases in Syria. We have Iranian military advisers who help the Syrian army fight terrorist groups. That’s why only Syrian soldiers were killed and wounded.”

Assad also refuted the claim in an interview with RT International published May 31. “The starkest fact about [Israel’s] lies about this issue, the Iranian issue, that the recent attack a few weeks ago — they said that they attacked Iranian bases and camps… Actually, we had tens of Syrian martyrs and wounded soldiers, not a single Iranian,” Assad said. “So, how could they say that we have it? So, it is a lie.”

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Source: Sputnik

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in short – righteeous iran has defeated the illegitimate entity with only her presence in the area – kudos to iran for such a divine feat/a power to be reckoned with

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Ah, I must admit one thing about you : you have perfect mastering of a peculiar Arab literary style! Probably the same one Saddam used in 1990-1991 and 2003 with the Yankee and I suppose it was the same for Gaddafi in 2011 or wen F-111 paid him a visit in 1982.

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Diego Prendergast

Complete screw-up for the IDF.

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What is amusing is that an Iranian general screwed the “there are no Iranian troops” narrative by ending revealing there were simply saying that IRGC had many troops (instead of advisers) martyred in the operation… Now what you have here is a meeting not for the public, and obviously within a NATO event. It’s not like speaking BS for the public! Everybody here has access to whatever any NATO country and some friendly nations may have recorded and you’d be stunned by the accuracy of images even from 15 years ago… He perfectly knows that everybody here can verify anything… Read more »

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Cyriak Papasissis

Iran is in Syria to help defend and reclaim every one bit of Syrian territory , deservedly and rightly so. Including the Golan heights. Rothschild & Co installed themselves there, as a step to hinder it , preclude it , torpedo it. This shows how weak they feel their arguments for possessing the Golan is. One day they are going to be thrown out of there , if need be with the approval of the UN GA. Israel has not received a blanche card to reshape the map of the Middle East , to remove historical peoples from their ancestral… Read more »

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“The Golan Heights in Syria have been illegally occupied by the Israeli government the 1967 Six Day War.” => Strangely, Golan Heights were part of the Brit Mandate until 1948 and Syria was founded on the French mandate in 1947 without Golan Heights, so, please Leith, explain us how Golan ended under Syrian control if not by the illegal 1948 invasion of the state of Israel, since GH was part of the Jewish-Palestine mandate as we see here: http://www.mythsandfacts.org/conflict/mandate_for_palestine/1922-mandate_for_palestine.jpg In other terms you are telling lies : Syria illegally occupied Golan Heights from 1948 to 1967, QED. Now, if you… Read more »