"Get rid of the Iranians and we can, perhaps, change our mode of life here", he said. The Trump administration's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran will inevitably be seen by Tehran as a signal that the gloves are coming off and that the new USA policy rests upon containment or maybe even regime change, rather than dialogue.
Israel's political and security establishment has been unified and vocal in vowing to thwart Iran's efforts to entrench itself militarily across Israel's northern frontier and to build what Israeli and USA officials refer to as a land corridor from Iran, through Iraq and Syria, to Lebanon.
Avigdor Lieberman, Defence Minister for Israel reported that the rockets fired by Iran either missed their targets or were wiped out of the sky.
Thursday's confrontation comes just two days after Syrian state media accused Israel of launching an attack on a military position south of Damascus.
Rouhani did not mention Israel's strikes in Syria, or those against the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.
Qasem on Friday also condemned the global community's silence over Israel's attacks in Syria.
The recent clashes reveal the difficulty both sides face in dealing with an unprecedented situation, said Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po, Paris School of International Affairs.
An Israeli army spokesman, Avichay Adraee, said on Twitter that Israel was "acting against Iranian targets inside Syria", a rare admission by an Israeli official.
Britain has condemned a rocket attack on the occupied Golan Heights by Iranian forces based in Syria, and said that Israel has every right to defend itself. On Thursday, Israeli jets destroyed intelligence sites, weapons storage centres, and Syrian air defence systems.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened with further action in Syria, warning that the Israeli military will attack any nation targeting his country including pre-emptive strikes. "We will have to discuss that with Iran".
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reportedly said Iran does not want "new tensions" in the region after a deadly exchange with Israel in Syria. "The Iranian regime's deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly unsafe development for the entire Middle East". Israel accuses Tehran of seeking to establish a foothold on its doorstep, something it has vowed never to allow. Russian Federation said 28 Israeli jets were involved, striking at several Iranian and government sites in Syria with 70 missiles. But it said the attack came after Israeli forces bombarded Baath, a town in the demilitarised zone.
"We hit almost all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria", Lieberman told a security conference on Thursday morning.
But Israel may be ready for that as well, as Israeli reporter Barak Ravid quoted Israel's defense minister as saying, "If it rains in Israel, it will pour in Iran". He added, "I hope we have finished with this round and that everybody understood".
"Unless Russia steps in, and plays the referee between Israel and Iran, the risk of escalation is certain", said Heras.
Russian Federation and Israel coordinate their actions within Syria for the objective of deconfliction.
The Jewish state says it has conducted dozens of raids in Syria to stop what it says are advanced arms deliveries to Iran-backed Hezbollah, another key foe of Israel. Iran has for years repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel. Those rockets either missed their targets or were intercepted by its Iron Dome air defense system, the spokesman said.
Authorities urged the citizens of Golan Heights - the intended target of the rocket attacks - to be on alert while stressing that normal life would resume in the area. "This is the policy, a very, very clear policy, and we're acting according to this policy", he said.
After the attack, not even Iran's allies came to its defense, with even Bahrain condemning Iran's attack, though Iran was badly punished for it. "It means we are on a collision course".
But the chairperson of his country's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs, Allaeddine Boroujerdi, condemned the strikes, warning that "Israel has entered a risky game".