Berlin accuses Iran of 'provocation' after Israeli positions hit

German official says Israel has a right to self-defense, condemns Iran for firing missiles at Golan Heights.

AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff,

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas

Germany on Thursday accused Iran of "provocation" after Iranian forces in Syria fired a battery of rockets and missiles at Israeli army positions in the Golan Heights.

"These attacks are a serious provocation that we strongly condemn. As we have always emphasized, Israel has a right to self-defense," said a German foreign ministry spokeswoman said in a statement.

She also emphasized that it is "crucial that there is no further escalation" and that "a sustainable political solution" must be found to end the conflict in Syria, "so as to end the suffering of the Syrian people,
but also so as not to further jeopardize stability in the whole region."

Germany's stance mirrors that of the US.

On Wednesday night, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Iran's attack on Israel "further shows that the Iranian regime cannot be trusted. Israel absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself and we support them in whatever efforts they have in order to defend themselves."

Iran on Wednesday night fired twenty rockets towards Israel, four of which were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. The rest of the rockets fired landed in Syrian territory.

The IDF responded by attacking dozens of Iranian military bases in Syria, destroying missiles, launchers, intelligence, and radar systems in what an IDF spokesman called "a great success."