TEL AVIV (JTA) — In hopes of easing escalating tensions with Iran, Israel reportedly sent a message to the Iranian government via Russia.
The message, reported Saturday by Israel’s Channel 10, according to the Times of Israel, came following the Jan. 18 strike on Hezbollah operatives in Syria that killed an Iranian general. Senior commanders of Hezbollah, the Lebanese terror group, were also among the 12 people killed in the strike.
Israel is widely believed to have executed the strike, though Israeli officials have not commented on it.
According to the report, Israeli officials told their Russian counterparts that the strike was made in self-defense and that Israel did not want regional instability to follow in its wake. The Russian officials then sent the message to their contacts in the Iranian government.
Citing Israel Radio, the Times of Israel also reported that Hezbollah officials have ruled out a strike on Israeli territory in response to the Jan. 18 attack in order to prevent a war from erupting on the Israel-Lebanon border.