Sunday, 3 November 2013

‘Scandalous’: Israel fumes as US officials spill the beans on Syrian missile strike

‘Scandalous’: Israel fumes as US officials spill the beans on Syrian missile strike

After sources in the Obama administration said Israel was responsible for Wednesday’s attack on a Syrian missile base, an Israeli analyst warned that the US risks starting ‘a very major flare-up.’

The Israeli Air Force struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia, targeting Russian-made SA 125 missiles that Israel claims were set to be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon, a security official told AP.

A White House official confirmed the attack happened overnight Thursday, but provided no additional information.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss details of the attack.

However, neither Israel nor Syria confirmed that a military strike of any sort had occurred. 

Israel abides by a policy of never commenting on such incidences; rather, Tel Aviv reiterated that Israel will not allow advanced weapons to pass into the hands of Hezbollah via Syrian territory.

The accusation prompted a harsh rebuke on Friday night from Israeli Channel 10, which called the American leak “scandalous,” adding that it was “unthinkable” for Israel’s ally to be acting in such a way. 

Israel’s Channel 2, as quoted by the Times of Israel, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the Obama administration has pointed the finger at Israel, following a number of raids on Syrian targets.

The channel went so far as to suggest that consideration had been given to establishing a panel to investigate the sources, believed to be inside the Pentagon, although it gave no indication as to how a foreign government could possibly invoke such a measure against another country’s military command center.

Channel 2′s military analyst, Roni Daniel, said Israel’s policy of remaining silent on whether it carried out such attacks permitted it to maintain plausible deniability, so that Syria’s President Bashar Assad did not feel compelled to respond to the attacks.

However, this seems to have been a large leap of faith on the part of the Israeli government, since Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Moallem, warned at the end of May “if Israel attacks again, we will retaliate immediately." 

The Israeli political pundit argued the White House, by publicly leaking news of Israel’s actions, “are pushing Assad closer to the point where he can’t swallow these attacks, and will respond.” Daniel concluded: “Then perhaps the US will clap its hands because it will have started a very major flare-up.”

This is not the first time Israel has been accused by the United States for carrying out attacks on Syrian territory. On July 5, 2013, the Israeli Air Force was suspected of targeting a military installation in Latakia that allegedly housed Russian Yakhont anti-ship missiles, an advanced weapon that Israeli officials previously said they would not allow to reach Syria.

News of Israel’s purported attack comes amid the Syrian civil war that nearly attracted US military intervention, following a mysterious chemical weapons attack on August 21 in the suburbs of Damascus that resulted in hundreds of deaths and injuries. 

With military action looking imminent, Russian President Vladimir Putin succeeded in advancing an agreed plan that would have Syria destroy all of it chemical weapons, under the auspices of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

Thus far, the Syrian government has been cooperating with the investigators amid a tense atmosphere both inside the country, and, as indicated by Israel’s apparent actions, outside as well.

Source: RT News


  1. what is happening is NOT civil war. i am from syria, i know whats happening there! more than half of the soldiers fighting with the "free syrian army" are foreigners, many from afghanistan, saudi arabia, sheeshan, tunisia, serbia and occasionally brittain too. its not a civil war, christians , jews ans muslims have lived side by side in syria for soooooooooooo long.. and they still do. the syrian soldiers who ARE fighting with the FSA are backed by western regimes and given money etc.

  2. Salma We know...our news and governments have attempted to show the masses about a civil conflict in your region(doesnt make sense because your numbers do show us of people of different religions living side by side peacefully for a long time) They attempted to use a civil war because when anyone hears of this they immediately want to pull away from that situation. But do not worry about the west side of this planet. We seen the videos of insurgents and they were handling chemical weapons. We also have seen the faces of some of these people and something the west has forgotten is just because someone has brown skin does not mean they all came from one place. We have too many people who know where these arses come from and now we can learn whos backing them up...That is why Obama stopped with moving ahead with his attack on Syria. We know too much as a society and are harder to fool in this day in age and we certainly don't believe everything the officials tell us.(especially after Bush's reign of terror) but on another note I wish the syrian people strength and safety. The strength to endure and the safety to rebuild.