Skip to comments.Israeli Airstrike in Syria Targeted Missiles From Iran, U.S. Officials Say
Posted on 05/04/2013 2:29:24 PM PDT by lbryce
The airstrike that Israeli warplanes carried out in Syria was directed at a shipment of advanced surface-to-surface missiles from Iran that Israel believed was intended for Hezbollah, the militant Lebanese organization, American officials said Saturday
It was the second time in four months that Israel had carried out an attack in foreign territory intended to disrupt the pipeline of weapons from Iran to Hezbollah, and the raid was a vivid example of how regional adversaries are looking after their own interests as Syria becomes more chaotic.
Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war, now in its third year. But as fighting in Syria escalates, they also have a powerful stake in expediting the delivery of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in case Mr. Assad loses his grip on power.
Israel, for its part, has repeatedly cautioned that it will not allow Hezbollah to receive game changing weapons that could threaten the Israeli heartland after a post-Assad government took power.
And as Washington considers how to handle evidence of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, a development it has described as a red line, Israel is clearly showing that it will stand behind the red lines it sets.
The Israelis are saying, O.K., whichever way the civil war is going, we are going to keep our red lines, which are different from Obamas, said Ehud Yaari, an Israel-based fellow of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
The missiles that were the target of the raid had been sent to Syria by Iran and were being stored in a warehouse at Damascus International Airport when they were struck, according to an American official.
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The secondary explosions must have been amaaaaazing.
Meanwhile the uranium enrichment continues underground in Iran.
Israel is looking after its national security. Meanwhile, the Obama Syndicate is AWOL on America’s national security.
The UN keeps putting sanctions on Iran ... except oil exports - the only thing that matters. Oil money builds lots of weapons. We then spend our blood and treasure fighting against those weapons built with our oil money in places like Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Libya, Mali and soon Egypt ...
One day Israel will have to stop farting around and do away with Iran.
The Israelis know the meaning of a line drawn in the sand, and know that you don’t draw it if you’re too timid to back it up. Every time Obama confronts real men of strength, whether they’re allies or enemies, Netanyahu or Putin, he looks childish by the comparison. The world is full of raving cowards, like Kim Jung Un and Ahmandinejad, and sniveling cowards, like those in charge in Europe and the USA, but real men of courage are rare, and they are universally despised by the spineless mollusks who can only feign manliness.
Iran seems to have entered the active stage - seeing a weak Syria, and becoming involved on all fronts since the picking is ripe. Read more about their involvement here: http://jcpa.org/article/irans-plans-to-take-over-syria/
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