With North Korea threatening nuclear war and President Trump unprecedented act of convening the entire senate to discuss massive military action, tensions are growing high. Now Israel is joining the party.
On Thursday, Israeli Intelligence minister Yisrael Katz, speaking on the Israeli Army radio defended its decision to attack an arms depot near the Damascus airport – saying it was “compatible with Israel’s policy.”
“It absolutely matches our declared policy,” he told the radio station, “a policy that we also implement.”
It was reported by Reuters early Thursday that five strikes hit an ammunition depot that was known to be used by Iranian-backed militias.
Not much has changed in Syria, as Russia and Iran are still supplying Bashar al-Assad and Iran is still funneling arms and ammunitions to Hezbollah, its proxy, which seems determined to destroy Israel.
Reuters reports, Israel struck an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese group Hezbollah near Damascus airport on Thursday, Syrian rebel and regional intelligence sources said, targeting weapons sent from Iran via commercial and military cargo planes.
Video carried on Lebanese TV and shared on social media showed the pre-dawn airstrikes caused a fire around the airport east of the Syrian capital, suggesting fuel sources or weapons containing explosives were hit.
Israel does not usually comment on action it takes in Syria. But Israeli Intelligence Minister Katz, speaking to Army Radio from the United States, confirms involvement
Katz said, “The incident in Syria corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah.” The Intelligence Minister continued, “Whenever we receive intelligence that indicates an intention to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we will act. Israel has largely kept out the war in Syria, but officials have consistently referred to two red lines that have prompted a military response in the past: any supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, and the establishment of launch sites for attacks on Israel from the Golan Heights region.”
On Tuesday, a senior Israeli officer said that the Israel Air Force has destroyed about 100 Syrian missiles, many of which were due to be delivered to Hezbollah, in an attack last month. It was a rare admission on Israel’s part to admit they took military action in Syria.