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Israel Attacks Convoys Carrying Syrian Weapons to Hizballah

May 4th, 2013 - 6:45 pm

Israeli air force F-16s attacked targets inside Syria while flying over Lebanon. Claims that these targets were chemical weapons were denied by Israeli sources. More likely they were long-range missiles being transported from Syria to Lebanon. While able to carry chemical warheads, they could also have been used by Hizballah to target Israeli cities.

The weapons were being sent to Hizballah, the Lebanese terrorist group that is also a leading part of Lebanon’s government, for safe-keeping or possible use. In 2006, Israel successfully destroyed longer-range missiles that Hizballah was preparing to use against Israel. More recently, in January 2013, Israel attacked and destroyed facilities intended for the construction of nuclear weapons for Syria.

An Israeli official said that the weapons shipment could have potentially been “game-changing.”

Israeli sources also carefully stressed that the planes did not enter Syrian airspace. This statement was made to reduce the likelihood of Syrian government retaliation or claims that Israel had gone to war with Syria.

The fact is that Israeli policy remains neutral on the Syrian civil war and this approach is unlikely to change. While there have been debates within the Israeli government over whether a government or rebel victory or long-term deadlock would be preferable from the standpoint of Israeli interests, no conclusion has been reached on this matter.

And, of course, this debate has been academic, since Israel has no way to affect the outcome. From an Israeli government point of view, while the Assad regime has been unremittingly hostile and is allied with Iran, a takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood with freedom of action for hardline Salafi groups including al-Qaeda is not clearly an improvement in the situation.

The rebels already control the Syrian side of the border with Israel, across from the Golan Heights. Their possession of advanced weapons—notably state-of-the-art anti-aircraft missiles—is worrisome. Israel also worries about Brotherhood-Salafist destabilization of Jordan, which is at peace with Israel.

Israel has also worried about the transfer of advanced weapons, especially chemical weapons, to Syria’s ally, Hizballah, for potential future use against Israel. As rebel forces have advanced closer to the places where these weapons are stored, the Syrian regime has been transferring some arms to Hizballah, reminiscent of the way that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein moved weapons to Syria when he was facing overthrow by a U.S.-led coalition in 2003. Of course, Israel equally worries about possible rebel—which means Brotherhood and Salafist—capture of these chemical weapons.

Here’s old Syrian television footage of firing the type of missiles involved.

ps: Note how everyone has forgotten the 2006 promise to Israel by the UN and United States to stop this kind of arms smuggling from Syria to Lebanon. None of the media coverage mentioned that Israel has to do something that the international community promised to do.

The next day there were large explosions near Damascus apparently caused by additional air strikes that set off the solid fuel in missiles or stored there.

 

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despite all evidence to the horrific contrary the world is still laboring under the rubric " it's about the joos"..
49 weeks ago
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Yes -exactly! The only thing that I find odd is this:

"Israeli sources also carefully stressed that the planes did not enter Syrian airspace"

So if you take out Syrian trucks while flying over Lebanon it's ok, but if the F-16s are over Syrian territory, then it's an act of war - I don't get the logic; what's the difference as far as Israel is concerned?
49 weeks ago
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Would Syria retaliate? I suspect Israel is not bluffing, unlike your commander-in-chief and his subordinates. They seem to be the only civilized country that sees what's going on. Europe sure doesn't.
49 weeks ago
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I suspect European leaders with secret calls to each other are saying Obama already knew chemical weapons were out of the closet and being used by Assad before he made his red line comments and now he has become an Israeli patsy.
That is why I believe in is good to let Europe leaders know Saddam's weapons of mass destruction could end up at their front doors and back doors
But better not say they from Saddam because it hurt their feelings they preach the lie for the past 10 years so say these are Assad's weapons of mass destruction help leaders safe face
49 weeks ago
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That's right, Saddam had no WMD, that's what we've been hearing all along. But I'm afraid this is what they really believe. We all do! (and Bush was evil).
49 weeks ago
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2010 Ryan Mauro here at pjmedia
http://pjmedia.com/blog/satellite-photos-support-testimony-that-iraqi-wmd-went-to-syria/

Today,even the Harlot Masters of Europe are slipping out the back door of the harlot's beds and revisiting this buried issue so it seems
49 weeks ago
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footnote
"back doors" define
Homes of their harlots eyes full of fornication and adultery and pagan sex orgies but once they get seduced by beauty silk hair China women lips dripping with honey and sleep like baby away from stress of dealing with the rif raf they believe this is almost as good as marriage made in heaven. truth be real by then they have become puppets on the strings
yikes
49 weeks ago
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While I don't necessarily see their strike as being "pre emption" in the greater scheme of their ongoing history of 'states sanctioned' war against them, I commend them! They're an unbeatable standard for legitimate intelligence gathering and a well oiled military machine.
49 weeks ago
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Both Syria and Lebanon have been in a state of war agaisnt us since 1948. Also Iraq (still!), Saidi Arabia...
49 weeks ago
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Refreshing to see intelligent and consistent pre emption based directly on national interest by Israel in contrast to the US which has not gotten it right yet under either Bush or Obama.
49 weeks ago
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Being under attack concentrates the mind wonderfully.

But we do lots of stupid things, largely because the US forces us to be "restrained".
49 weeks ago
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Most normal citizens in the West secretly wonder how long the luck can continue, with all the Moslem immigrants and foreign students put among them, and the succession of attacks, most failed because of incompetence or bad luck, when something really bad will happen. This includes even after the post-9/11 security regimen was put in place. Sooner or later, it seems, something really big and terrible will happen to the good people done by Moslems acting on the commands of Allah and the example of Mohammed.

Well, we don’t think that last part, but we think the rest of it. When?

The same goes for Israel. Yeah, the Jews are super careful and openly suspicious in a common sense sort of way, but they’ve allowed millions of Moslems among them on Israel soil, and from the beginning the country has been surrounded by Dar al-Islam (the country of Islam). It’s only a matter of time. Iron domes notwithstanding, the Jews know that CBW and any number of other more tactical weapons can, and inevitably will, be used to slaughter large numbers of them. Westerners thinks it’s an Arab vs. Jew thing, and after the mass murder of Jews, the Moslems will be sated. But those who know see that it’s a Moslem vs. Inifdel battle, and that after the Israel Jews are mass murdered, we’re next.

To wit, the Holy Prophet Mohammed said, “Just issue orders to kill every Jew in the country.” Those orders were long ago issued, now the question is in which country. Israel is a likely suspect.
49 weeks ago
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Well, okay, but we deserve perhaps a bit more credit than that. Maybe not much, but at leas some..
49 weeks ago
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Excellent. Pound away. And pound some more. Hizballah aims to strike soft civilian Jewish targets with those missiles. It is sickening that the world stands by, again, as Iran/Syria/Hizballah (among other terror states) openly stockpiles Armageddon against the Jews and what remains of the Free West.
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