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Israel Launches Air Strike in Syria

Israeli soldiers stand next to military vehicles along their side of the border with Lebanon, as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Adaisseh, May 4, 2013.Israeli soldiers stand next to military vehicles along their side of the border with Lebanon, as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Adaisseh, May 4, 2013.
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Israeli soldiers stand next to military vehicles along their side of the border with Lebanon, as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Adaisseh, May 4, 2013.
Israeli soldiers stand next to military vehicles along their side of the border with Lebanon, as seen from the southern Lebanese village of Adaisseh, May 4, 2013.
Robert Berger
Israel has attacked targets in Syria, raising fears that the Syrian civil war could spread into a broader regional conflict.

Israeli officials told foreign news agencies that the air force launched an attack in Syria, targeting a shipment of advanced missiles headed to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon. The officials say it did not target chemical weapons, but rather long range missiles that could strike deep into Israel.

Israeli leaders have warned repeatedly that they would not allow the transfer of sophisticated weapons in Syria to terrorist groups.

“Any kind of movement or transfer that looks like they may get to Hezbollah, it’s pretty sure that Israel will act to prevent that. For Israel that’s an immediate threat, clearly that’s a very strong red line,” said Israeli analyst Gerald Steinberg. 

The air strike took place on Friday, hours after an emergency meeting of Israel's security Cabinet. According to media reports, Israeli jets may have attacked the Syrian targets from Lebanese air space. Lebanon’s foreign minister reacted angrily, warning that the attack is inflaming already high regional tensions.

Steinberg says Israeli military intervention in Syria is a dangerous move “…that could trigger a great deal of instability, unrest or wider war in the Middle East”.

It was the second Israeli air strike on Syria this year. In January the Israeli Air Force targeted a shipment of advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles destined for Hezbollah.

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by: Samuel from: Kenya
May 05, 2013 9:09 AM
Israeli are justified in defending herself. more so they should not suffer at the expense of other people.

by: Daniel from: USA
May 04, 2013 8:35 PM
Israel's greatest concern is not with Syria... its with America's rapid move towards collectivization... if you read Israeli reports (all in English) you will find that they are stunned by the rapid growth of the US Government and its collectivization mentality that marginalize individual freedom.
I agree with Saito, Israel is a fascinating nation, and we should pay much more attention to them than we have done... and they are fearing for what is going on here, not in the Middle East

by: Harris W. Gbahn from: Liberia
May 04, 2013 5:54 PM
The Syrian war is strictly a conflict of interest-everyboby wants his/hers to be respected and this is degenerating the whole thing into regional problem.

by: JKF from: Ottawa, Canada
May 04, 2013 5:53 PM
Strange reporting, neither Israel or Syria have confirmed an Israeli strike of any kind, if you look at the Israeli press no gvmt confirmation of a strike, same for Syria. Until either gvmt (israel or/Syria) confirm such a strike, this is just more hoopla and propaganda.
On the other hand if it is true that Israel did strike? it seriously points a tremendous issue with the US/Western allies inability to set up humanitarian areas and humanitarian corridors to save the civilian population, mainly Sunni Muslims, that is being systematically massacred; and whose victims exceed 70,000, by conservative estimates. How is it that, if the claims of this latest strike are true, Israel has the ability to carry out such strikes, while the Western allies seat idly by, paralyzed, and observe a massive humanitarian cathastrophie taking place in Syria ? They are unable to aleviate the suffering of the millions of civilians trapped in Syria, and just watch the continued creation of more millions of refugees, that will end up destabilizing the entire region. This just does not make much sense....

by: Dr. Hans F. from: Germany
May 04, 2013 3:57 PM
following the intercept of Iranian weapons transfer European Intelligence agencies have come to establish a consensus that Assad is beginning to lose control over his military command and control and which is beginning to fragment along sectarian and tribal affiliations... Assad appear to have been in constant communications with Israeli intelligence. Contrary to Media reports Assad and Iran are in much less than a friendly correspondence...

by: Saito H from: Japan
May 04, 2013 3:36 PM
why are the Israeli F-16 look so different from the ordinary run of the mill US F-16s...?? Israel is such a fascinating nation.
We like to think of Israel as an Island Nation like us

by: Jerome Hamilton from: USA
May 04, 2013 2:40 PM
Israel's red line and recent attack to destroy mid range missiles that could easily reach Israel if in the wrong hands is nothing new. Therefore, the ones expanding the conflict are those who chose to taunt Israel yet again. Israel will always defend itself, no matter what the rest of the world does or fails to do.

by: Bodi from: Mumbai, India
May 04, 2013 12:40 PM
I have no trust or fith in Israel, Hezbolla or Assad. They are all anti humanity, anti humanitarian and extremists. If Israel and the US believes that there were Missiles in the convoy - SHOW US THE PROOF.

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