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OP-ED: Why Israel Bombed Syria


World  (tags: politics, world, middle-east, israel, violence, Syria )

Cal
- 505 days ago - theweek.com
Israel's focus is on the Iran-Syria-Hezbollah arms/money/land-space connection, and both of its strikes were incision-like interventions designed to protect the homeland from threatening missiles. Nothing more, nothing less



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John S. (304)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:29 am
Noted.
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:58 am
Thanks.
 

pam w. (191)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:17 am
There's NO WAY any of us will know the total truth about this action! You can be sure those who hate Israel will show up to claim all sorts of nefarious purposes and we can be sure THEY don't really know the truth, either.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday May 6, 2013, 12:14 pm
noted, thanks Cal
 

Carol D. (109)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:18 pm
Noted thanks
 

Carol Dreeszen (364)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:37 pm
For sure if I knew a neighbor had the capacity to strike at a moments notice with intent to harm and there was a very good possibility of them doing it..I would want to render them incapable!
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thank you! When will it ever stop? (n)
 

Birgitta S. (231)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:41 pm
noted . without Specific knowledge about this.
 

Nyack Clancy (437)
Monday May 6, 2013, 1:59 pm
That's why we dont want neighbors with assualt riffles living next door to us Carol with no background checks.

What are you saying? If you have a neighbor and "suspect" them of something you would murder them? Thanks for admitting it.
 

Nyack Clancy (437)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:02 pm
Actually, Carol YOU Yourself, and the entire NRA has the "capacity to strike at a moments notice". Does that mean we get to launch missiles at you?
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday May 6, 2013, 2:06 pm
noted
 

Allan Yorkowitz (453)
Monday May 6, 2013, 3:43 pm
As the West has been looking on with horror at Assad's murderous atrosities, Israel apparantly had enough of Syria's threat, and chose to do something about it. With Obama's pro-Brotherhood position, Israel knew it would not get any help from us, while people are dying daily.
Israel did what long needed to be done, and any sane government would agree.
 

Alexander Werner (53)
Monday May 6, 2013, 4:00 pm
Both Syria and Hesbola are at war with Israel and say all sorts of nasty things they would do to Israelis if they could. Therefore, Israel bombed those who were about to bomb it.

Makes perfect sense. Obama now can learn what "YES WE CAN" means.
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday May 6, 2013, 7:19 pm
War is money and god is money, Good posting, thanks
 

Billie C. (2)
Monday May 6, 2013, 8:23 pm
israel has said all along they would make sure no weapons that could harm them would get out of syria and into the the hands of hesbola. i don't blame them. syria and hesbola have said they would wipe them out and the rebels from all the other terrorist groups would do the same thing.
to bad they can't wipe the all out. obama isn't going to do anything to help them. well he might complain to the un if they are attacked.
 

Jelica R. (157)
Monday May 6, 2013, 9:07 pm
Israel wants control over headwaters of Jordan. This is why Israel has never signed a peace agreement with Syria and kept UN forces on Golan Heights. With de-facto all-out civil war in Syria, the moment to seize water is right. Iran-Syria-Hezbollah link is only a suitable pretext. Hezbollah is mentioned here to get the Beqaa Valley, the northeasternmost extension of the Jordan Rift Valley. Just wait and see how long will it take to set South Lebanon on fire.

 

Kira Leeon (13)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:34 am
I understand entirely Israels reasoning. It has been subject to vile, murderous and relentless attacks driven by loathesome anti-Semitic ideology and frenzied greed. There are countless Muslim countries/nations stretching and swelling across the planet .. The Israelis have only one home on this Earth...one tiny piece of land that they call home.
 

paul m. (93)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:07 am

Noted..
 

John Gregoire (255)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 5:11 am
Allan and Jelica have the correct answers one short term and one strategic.
 

Barbara D. (75)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 9:43 am
I believe it's called a pre-emptive strike. Totally justified.
 

Birgit W. (144)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 1:00 pm
Peace!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:45 pm
Good article. I still pray for peace. Thanks Cal
 

Robert Garvin (46)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 10:52 pm
When Suddam was accused of having weapons of mass destruction, HE DID. Gas warfare which would wipe out many thousands or even millions in such a short time. those weapons were quickly shifted to Syria and Israel knew that. Now they are making sure they get no further towards their original ultimate goal of destroying Israelis. When one knows the consequences of not acting, one must be prepared to face oblivion.
The comment that it was only a cover to grab more land or even water is totally off the beam. Like in the 6 day war and the one following where Israel took their enemies by surprise. Those enemies were advertising loud and clear that they were going to "wipe Israel off the map" and when an enemy speaks like that, one better take notice. Israel did and rightfully claimed the land their enemies lost in war. I am not advocating war in any way but sometimes we really need to open our eyes and brains and actually "THINK" for a change.

Israel is always "blamed" for defending themselves. It is either Defend or be DEAD.
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Thursday May 9, 2013, 11:19 pm
Here is what I believe led to the bombing:

Two days prior to the Damascus bombing, Syria tried to move a shipment of SA-17 Russian-made surface-to-air missiles to Hezbollah, its ally in the Syrian civil war whose territory is relatively secure from Syrian rebels. These are just about the only conventional weapons in any Arab arsenal that really concern Israel. First developed in 1992, these are the only anti-air weapons possessed by Arab states designed with modern computing in mind, and the only way they can hope to threaten or deter the Israeli Air Force. Israel expects Hezbollah to become a much tougher target should it acquire these missiles, so it bombed them during transport.

Hitting that shipment en route means knowing it was coming, and knowing its route. That means knowing its point of origin, th=ough the information about where Syria's stockpiles of the missiles were held was probably not confirmed. At least, it was not confirmed well enough to get Israel to strike at Damascus. I strongly suspect that this stockpile was the target that set off what felt like a minor earthquake through the city. I believe that for a few reasons: First, Israel has nothing in its conventional arsenal that could produce an explosion that big. It had to have come from secondary explosions, explosives (or flammable materials) set off by the bombing. Second, Syria described the target as a "research facility", which it probably was: That is where the equipment necessary to maintain its most advanced weapons would be, so the facility probably served double duty. Third, Syria could have responded to Israel's strike if it still had its SA-17s.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 13, 2013, 4:07 pm
ah come on guys. does any of you really think that syria is in a position to be passing on missiles to proxy's? or to be using them on the entity?
no dudes. the entity might be illegal but that joint is filled with some of the smartest people on earth. syria was going to use those missiles on the rebels. and with the advent of IR and hezzbolah in syria the tide has turned on the rebels. they're taking a beating, their infrastructure is holding on by spit. and of the rebels the radicals are taking the beating better. the zionist know this. the know almost everything. and they know that the biggest threat to their existence is not any of the rebel factions, or iran, or whoever. their main problem is hezbollah. and the zionist ( and me ) will bet you a dollar to your nickel that if there is no assad, there will eventually be no hezbollah.
 
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