ISRAEL MAY FEEL THE NEED TO STRIKE SYRIA AGAIN..Syria missiles threaten Israeli spy flights
An Israeli air attack staged in Syria this week may be a sign of things to come.
Israeli military officials appear to have concluded that the risks of attacking Syria are worth taking when compared to the dangers of allowing sophisticated weapons to reach Hezbollah guerrillas in neighboring Lebanon.
With Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grip on power weakening, Israeli officials fear he could soon lose control over his substantial arsenal of chemical and advanced weapons, which could slip into the hands of Hezbollah or other hostile groups. These concerns, combined with Hezbollah’s own domestic problems, mean further military action could be likely.
Tzachi Hanegbi, an incoming lawmaker in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party and a former chairman of parliament’s influential foreign affairs and defense committee, signaled Thursday that Israel could be compelled to act on its own. While Israel’s preference is for Western powers to gain control over Syria’s arms stockpile, he said there are no signs of that happening.
“Israel finds itself, like it has many times in the past, facing a dilemma that only it knows how to respond to. And it could well be that we will reach a stage where we will have to make decisions,” Hanegbi told Israel’s Army Radio Thursday. Hanegbi, like other Israeli officials, would not confirm Israeli involvement in the airstrike.
In this week’s incident, Israeli warplanes conducted a rare airstrike inside Syria, according to U.S. officials who said the target was a convoy carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese militant group allied with Syria and Iran.
Israel reportedly blew up a convoy of Hezbollah-bound anti-aircraft missiles inside Syria because the weapons would have altered the balance of power in its ongoing conflict with the terrorist group, Israeli analysts said Thursday.
The missiles “would be a game changer” by challenging the ability of Israel’s air force to carry out daily surveillance flights over southern Lebanon and eastern Lebanon along the border with Syria,” said Jonathan Spyer, an analyst at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel.
“Reconnaissance flights into Lebanese airspace is a daily occurrence, so that’s why it’s in Israel’s interest to do that,” he said.
Unnamed officials told several U.S. news outlets that Israel launched a an airstrike inside Syria on Wednesday and destroyed a convoy of trucks Israel believed to be carrying advanced Russian SA-17 anti-aircraft weapons. The weapons were bound for Hezbollah, the powerful anti-Israel group based in Lebanon on Israel’s northern border, the officials said.
Hezbollah fought a war against Israel in southern Lebanon in 2006 and is allied with Syria, which has allowed it to transit arms through its country for years. The group has also been fighting Syrian rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad, and training paramilitary forces protecting the regime, Spyer said.
“Hezbollah is vital to the Syrian regime and can ask for help in return,” he said.
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali threatened retribution for the Israeli airstrike, saying Damascus “has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation.” Hezbollah condemned the attack as “barbaric aggression.”
the chemical weapons false flags didnt work..so now they just prod prod prod till syria fights back and then they have the excuse..israel doing whatever they want..as always..and the USA is now in on the game..warning syria..this is so easy to read and predict..