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US’ ex-ambassador: Iran and Israel will need Russia’s help to deescalate situation

May 10, 2018, 3:57 UTC+3 TEL AVIV

He said Israel will have to respond forcefully to the Iranian rockets launched at the Golan

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TEL AVIV, May 10. /TASS/. Israel and Iran will obviously need Russia’s assistance to deescalate the situation after the Iranian Quds forces’ missile strike at the Golan Heights and Israel’s retaliation strike, if neither of them want a full-scale conflict, US’ former ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, said on Thursday.

"Israel will have to respond forcefully to the Iranian rockets launched at the Golan. But since neither side (presumably) still does not want a full scale conflict, they will need help deescalating. There is only one logical candidate: Russia," he wrote on his Twitter account.

A spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said earlier the Iranian Quds forces had fired at least 20 missiles at Israel’s forward positions on the Golan Heights shortly after midnight on Thursday. He said some of the missiles had been intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system. He noted that no information about the casualties was available but damage done by the strike was assessed as minor.

He also said that Israel had responded to the attack but refrained from giving further details.

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