U.S. says: target Israeli airstrike in Syria was a convoy of arms

News began excuse Israeli aggression against Syria. U.S. administration officials who wished to remain anonymous, said that on Wednesday, Israeli aircraft attacked Syrian territory, according to The New York Times. "Americans believe that the target of an air raid that took place in the vicinity of Damascus, was the convoy, which was carrying the ultramodern air defense system, designed for the Shiite militant group" Hezbollah "in Lebanon" — journalists write Isabel Kershner and Michael Gordon.

According to these U.S. officials, Israel informed the United States ahead of the airstrike. For its part, the Syrian government has condemned the airstrike, calling him arrogant and aggressive.

The newspaper comments: "Step Israel demonstrated its willingness to prevent the" Hezbollah ", the sworn enemy of the Jewish state in the north, has benefited from the chaos in Syria and has significantly strengthened its arsenal."

Assad regime, which is already difficult, hardly strike back at Israel, according to the newspaper. "Yet airstrike leads to fears that a civil war is spreading beyond Syria" — the authors note.

Meanwhile, the Syrian army has denied that it was subjected to bombing convoy. "In her statement said that the blow was dealt to the research institute, which worked to strengthen the defense of Syria and was located in a suburb of Damascus," — says the article.

Israeli officials do not give a comment on the air attack. "This is a common tactic," — says the journalists. But the blow was struck after intense meetings with Prime Minister Netanyahu, to discuss the possible relocation of chemical and other weapons to Syria. There were also warnings that Jerusalem will take measures in order to prevent the potential transfer of arms "Hezbollah."

Israel is preparing to defend itself: thousands of Israelis visit distribution points masks, near Haifa deployed missile defense system "Iron Dome".

The newspaper reminds legally-geopolitical context: "Syria and Israel formally at war, but long coexist nervous, but peacefully." In the current period, for the most part, Israel was trying not to get involved in a civil war in Syria, for fear of provoking a conflict with Iran and "Hezbollah".

"Hezbollah" is a long time as a supplier of weapons to Syria, as well as the transit of arms from Iran. "Some analysts believe that" Hezbollah "is trying to stock up on weapons in case Assad falls, and the new management will treat her with hostility," — says the article.

A U.S. official said the trucks, bombed on Wednesday, could carry air-defense system SA-17. If such a weapon in the hands of "Hezbollah", Israel will have problems with air reconnaissance, while "at the moment Israel can with impunity reconnaissance flights over Lebanon," said Matthew Levitt, a retired intelligence officer (now fellow Washington Institute for Near East Policy) .

However, some analysts are skeptical that Syria would be willing to part with such a modern air defense system.

The paper also recounts the statement of the Syrian side, "Israeli planes, flying at an altitude not covered by radar, attacked a scientific institute in Dzhimraya, killing 2 people, caused enormous material damage, the number of aircraft is not established."

Source: The New York Times
Category: Political Factors

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