Israeli warplanes struck a military base near the Syrian port city of Latakia this week, an Obama administration official told CNN on Thursday.
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.
According to the unnamed source, the strike targeted a shipment of missiles and related equipment Israeli intelligence estimated were to be transferred to Hezbollah.
Israel’s military did not comment on any of the allegations at the time, but has long said it would target any transfer of weapons to Hezbollah or other groups designated as terrorists, as well as any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.
Thursday’s reports of a blast come amid a Syrian civil war in which Hezbollah, a Shiite Muslim militant group, has been helping Syrian government forces.
Syria’s government is led by President Bashar al-Assad, a member of the Shiite offshoot Alawite sect; the rebels and other militants fighting al-Assad’s forces and Hezbollah are largely made up of Sunni Muslims.
On Thursday, the Syrian military took back control of al Safira, a town that is believed to house a chemical weapons production facility.
One of the monitoring groups, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, said Thursday that Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons mixing, filling and production facilities, and all of the chemical weapons at inspected sites have been placed under seal.
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.
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.
They would probably retaliate against Israel, and they might retaliate against the United States, too (which might create a pretext for American airstrikes or even an invasion).
Having categorically failed to sell internationally-backed intervention in Syria, and with the West’s terrorist proxies waning inside of Syria, unilateral military intervention is the only viable option left for toppling the Syrian government – a long planned US-Saudi-Israeli objective.
Saudi concerns reveal just why Israel is currently being used to carry out “unilateral” attacks against Syria (emphasis added) That an Israeli attack on Syria goes almost unreported – considering the hysteria that would unfold had it instead been Syria bombing cities in Israel – illustrates just how well Israel has played its part over the years as well as the silent complicity exhibited by the United Nations in failing to condemn cross-border Israeli aggression that would not be tolerated from any other nation.
That Tel Aviv is in a covert alliance with Saudi Arabia (and Qatar), sponsors of Hamas, thus driving one of Israel’s primary security concerns, indicates that hegemonic geopolitical interests, not self-preservation, drive Israel’s current foreign policy.
For Israelis, the recent airstrikes in Syria affirm Tel Aviv’s commitment to its alliance and joint ambitions with the Saudis, Qataris and corporate-financier interests on Wall Street and in London – most certainly at the expense, not in defense of, Israel’s stability, prosperity, and survival.
Israelis must realize that the only card left for the special interests seeking regime change in Syria is the perceived threat Israel faces from “retaliation.” It should also be remembered by readers, and Israelis in particular, warnings by both the Russians and the Syrian government, that Western-backed terrorist proxies in Syria may be preparing for a chemical weapons attack on Israel.