The Israel-Iran cold war is getting hotter

Israeli soldiers near the Syrian border. Photo: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

After years of cold war through proxies and intelligence operations, Israel and Iran have entered a hot war in Syria.

Where things stand: The missile launches from Syria Wednesday night were the first ever direct Iranian attack against Israel. The Israeli retaliation that came right after was the largest air strike by the Israeli Air Force in the region since 1974.