Tel Aviv Regime Strikes Syria, Again
Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia this week, an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday.
An explosion at a missile storage site in the area was reported in the Middle Eastern press, but an attack has not been confirmed by the Israeli government.
The target, according to the Obama administration official, was missiles and related equipment the Israelis felt might be transferred to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah. The official declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.
There was some confusion about the timing of the attack, with some reports saying it happened Wednesday, and others sayingThursday.
When asked for comment, an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman told CNN: “We don’t refer to foreign reports.”
Israel’s Haaretz newspaper claims in its article, “Report: Israel destroyed Hezbollah-bound missile shipment in Syria,” that:
According to the unnamed source, the strike targeted a shipment of missiles and related equipment Israeli intelligence estimated were to be transferred to Hezbollah.
Earlier on Thursday, citing anonymous sources, Al-Arabiya carried a similar report.
It said that the strikes targeted an SA-8 surface-to-air missile shipment for Hezbollah and that the two targets were destroyed.
SA-8 missiles are used in air-defense to protect airspace, and are not offensive weapons, making the recent Israeli attack all the more an egregious act of aggression in direct violation of international law.
Israel’s refusal to provide details to the press highlights the perceived impunity the rogue nation believes it operates with upon the international stage – striking beyond its borders without provocation, justification, or explanation. It is precisely because of this carefully cultivated belligerent posture that Israel has been chosen to carry out such attacks against Syria, despite it being only one of several nations currently involved in the arming, funding, and direction of terrorists flooding into Syria and miring the country in a now nearly 3 year long deadly conflict.
Use of Israel as “Unilateral” Aggressor Was Long-Planned
While Israel plays the part of unilateral aggressor, citing “security concerns” and fears of “terrorism” as its motivation for its latest unprovoked, extraterritorial attack, it is well documented that the United States and its other regional partner, Saudi Arabia, have long planned to use Israel to carry out attacks neither could justify carrying out themselves. The purpose of such attacks is both to carry out short term strategic objectives, and as a means of triggering a wider conflict.
By Jonathan Cook
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