Israel deliberating further strikes on Syria – reports

AFP Photo / Jack Guez

AFP Photo / Jack Guez

Israel may strike at Syria again if it detects the movement of weaponry intended for Hezbollah, sources have told the media. The US has voiced support for any measures that prevent weapons from falling into the hands of the region’s extremists.

Tensions have risen in the area after Wednesday’s Israeli strike on a military research center in Syrian territory. The attack provoked the ire of both Syria and Iran, who condemned the strike as an affront to Syrian sovereignty and promised “serious consequences.”

Ephraim Kam, deputy director of Israel’s Institute of National Security Studies, told the Telegraph that threats of retaliation from Iran and Syria were greatly outweighed by the possibility of weapons falling into Hezbollah’s hands.

“If tomorrow the IDF [Israeli Defense Force] sees the movement of this weaponry, it will and should strike again,” he told the Telegraph. “This week’s attack was a kind of warning – we are ready and prepared to do this.”

Israel moved a third missile battery of its Iron Dome defense system to its northern borders on Friday, joining two others that had been deployed from the south on Monday.

The IDF confirmed the move, but said that the deployment was “routine” and not connected with Wednesday’s strikes. The IDF has refused to comment on whether it ordered the aerial attack in Syria earlier this week.

However, the strike has become a hot topic in the Israeli media, with publications discussing the possible ramifications of the attack.

“Complete restraint over the long term to Israel’s actions could be considered weakness by Hezbollah, so we should expect some form of response, even if not immediately and not necessarily a broad rocket and missile attack on Israel,” defense commentator Amos Harel wrote in Israeli daily Haaretz.

Publication Yediot Aharonot reported that the Israeli army’s northern command had been placed on high alert, although the military did not confirm this to AFP.

Multiple strikes?

Conflicting reports surfaced in the days following the strike regarding the events that led to the attack.

Various reports have indicated that the Israeli military warned Washington prior to the attack. Citing US officials, Time magazine reported on Friday that “multiple targets” had been struck by the Israeli aerial assault, and that Israel received a “green light” to execute such strikes in the future.

The US has yet to confirm any details concerning the strike, but has stressed that it supports any measures that prevent weapons from finding their way into terrorist arsenals.

“The United States supports whatever steps are taken to make sure these weapons don’t fall into the hands of terrorists,”
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said on Friday, emphasizing that he would not discuss “communications that we have on a regular basis with Israel or the specifics of that operation.”

Washington’s main aim was to prevent extremist groups in the region from arming themselves with “chemical biological weapons,” Panetta concluded.

Source: RT

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Advertise on End the Lie


Would you like to have your business or service exposed to thousands of people every day here at End the Lie? We have a wide variety of options available all at unbeatable prices. At the same time you will be supporting a truth-oriented alternative news outlet as well as hardworking independent journalists across the United States and the world.

If you would like to know more please email us and please be sure to include the details of what you are advertising, what your budget is and what type of advertising format you are looking for, including size(s), length of advertising period and any other pertinent details. The more information you give us, the more accurate the quote will be. We might also be able to work out some unique advertising tailored to your needs so feel free to contact us with questions and ideas.

Note: our advertisers have absolutely no input in what we cover or how we cover it. If this is problematic, you might want to seek out another news outlet. Here at End the Lie we put the truth first and thus no sponsor will be able to control our content. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone and we will not advertise pornography or anything which might otherwise be illegal.