After day of fighting, the fog of almost-war creeps in

Papers on Sunday take in Saturday’s northern battle, trying to figure out why Iran would suddenly push Israel so openly and whether Russia is really a friend

11 February 2018

Israel took a giant leap toward war Saturday and papers Sunday focus not only on the intense airstrikes and downing of an F-16, but the fact that what Israel was fighting openly for the first time was its biggest bugbear of all: Iran.

Headlines in the papers call the day’s cross-border exchange a “Battle with Iran,” trying to get a handle on both the tangle of enemies and not-quite-enemies in southern Syria and whether Israel has crossed the Rubicon in terms of heading to war, with dailies going easy on the hard news and heavy on the analysis.