Why are Israel and Iran fighting in Syria, in 300 words

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These Iranian protesters prepared to burn an Israeli flag at a funeral of a senior officer killed in Syria in 2015
Israel has bombed Iranian targets inside Syria - leading to fears confrontations between the two powerful arch-foes could get worse. Here's the background to what is happening.
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Israel sees Iran as a threat to its existence and has always said Iran must not get a nuclear weapon. Its leaders are worried by Iran's expansion in the Middle East.
What has Syria got to do with it?
Israel has watched anxiously as its neighbour Syria has been consumed by war since 2011.
Why is there a war in Syria?
Israel has stayed out of the fighting between the Syrian government and rebels.
The Israeli military defends the occupied Golan Heights, on the boundary with Syria
But Iran has played a bigger and bigger role backing Syria's government by sending thousands of fighters and military advisers.Israel is also worried that Iran is trying to secretly send weapons to fighters in Lebanon - Israel's neighbour - who also threaten Israel.
What is Lebanon's Hezbollah movement?
The Golan Heights explained
Israel's prime minister has repeatedly said that his country would not let Iran create bases in Syria which could be used against Israel.So as Iran has become stronger in Syria, Israel has intensified its strikes on Iranian targets there.
Have Iran and Israel ever actually been at war?
No. Iran has long backed groups which target Israel - such as Hezbollah and the Palestinian militant organisation Hamas.But a direct war would be massively destructive for both sides.Iran has an arsenal of long-range missiles and heavily armed allies on Israel's borders.Israel has a very strong army and is said to have nuclear weapons. It is also solidly backed by the United States.
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