Analysis: The first direct confrontation between Israel and Iran

This is the beginning of something much bigger. It marks a turning point in the covert war Israel and Iran have been fighting for decades.

Much has already be written about what happened on Saturday when Israel came very close to all out war with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps and Assad’s army in Syria.

To understand the seriousness of the situation, one has to look at the broader picture and take into account not only what occurred on Saturday but what happened on the Lebanese front over the past few weeks.

The incident on Saturday, when the IAF first downed an Iranian attack drone in the vicinity of the Israel town of Beit Shean and later attacked Iranian and Syrian targets deep in the war-torn country, showed the Israel security cabinet was right when it embarked on a new diplomatic offensive against Iran’s belligerent activities in Syria at the beginning of January.