Israel Provides Air Support for Syrian Jihadists
"Israel has a long, proud history of ignoring ISIS/Al Qaeda targets, choosing to drop bombs on forces actually fighting terrorists in Syria" https://t.co/cN7SpETrPu— Kevin MacDonald (@TOOEdit) April 27, 2017
A compound near Damascus International Airport was hit with five strikes at around 3:25 A.M. local time on Thursday.
But following its normal bad neighbor protocol, Israel has declined to confirm that it was behind the attack.
Instead, Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz said in an interview on Thursday morning that the attack in Syria was "entirely consistent with our policy to prevent the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah."
Citing 'rebel' sources, Reuters says that the strikes targeted a facility used to store weapons and munitions used by Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militias.
According to Haaretz, these forces are "engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels"
In other words: Israel just destroyed weapons and munitions that are being used to fight jihadists who have terrorized Syria for the last six years.
Nothing new, of course. Israel has a long, proud history of ignoring ISIS/Al Qaeda targets, and choosing instead to drop bombs on forces that are actually fighting terrorists in Syria.
If Israel is so concerned about Iran's presence in Syria, perhaps Tel Aviv should rethink its de facto alliance with Sunni extremists currently trying to destroy the country?
After all, the presence of Salafist psychos necessitated Iran's military operations in Syria. It's not the other way around.
The reality is that Israel will continue to use Hezbollah's presence in Syria as an excuse to launch air strikes and other attacks.
And Russia is not eager to get involved. For Moscow, maintaining the ceasefire and working towards a political settlement are top priorities.
But if Israel's attacks continue, will Russia see them as an imminent threat to a peace settlement? And if so, what then?