Skip to comments.North: Surrounded by Enemies
Posted on 02/01/2013 9:30:52 AM PST by jazusamo
JERUSALEM Until Jan. 30, I was working on a story about reaction here in Israel to the Obama administration's decision to provide advanced F-16 aircraft to Egypt. All that changed early Wednesday, when I received a call from an Israeli friend who told me: "Last night, the (Israeli air force) carried out a raid on a weapons convoy in Syria." He said the trucks were en route to Lebanon, making a "delivery of arms to Hezbollah," and "all aircraft returned safely." He then added, "Let's see how long it takes for us to be condemned by the 'friends of terrorists' for protecting ourselves."
Less than two hours after that call, Syria's government-controlled media announced that "Israeli warplanes have violated international law and attacked a scientific research center in the Jamraya district of Damascus province." The Assad regime's state television claimed that "two innocent civilians were killed, and five were injured" in this "breach of Syrian sovereignty." European and U.S. news agencies speculated that the target may have been chemical weapons being moved out of the grasp of rebels fighting Bashar Assad's Iranian-supported army.
So what really happened? Was the target a research laboratory in Damascus province or a munitions convoy headed for Hezbollah, Iran's proxy in Lebanon?
In fairness to my media colleagues, straight answers to such questions are hard to come by. The Syrians routinely lie about anything. They blame "Zionist aggressors" and "occupiers" meaning Israel for everything. And unlike the leak-prone, chest-thumping O-Team in Washington, the government of Israel rarely confirms or denies reports of military operations outside the Jewish state's borders.
"No comment" has become standard operating procedure for the Israeli government. In 2007, after reports surfaced in Western and Mideast media about an Israeli air force attack on a Syrian nuclear reactor, Israeli...
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Most certainly. “We all should have that hope.”
Thanks for the ping jaz.
I was reading this article, and then noticed it was from you and on your ping list and looked and wondered why you didn’t ping me, then I noticed my new post... from you.... Thanks for the ping :)
“We should all have that hope.”
Thank you, jazusamo.
Just Nuke Iran and get it over with.
LOL! Well played!