Israel attacks Syria, stirs up Middle East

Israeli missiles hit Syria, which is stirring up talk of a broader war.  The Washington Post reports that the attacks may hasten the Obama administration’s decision about intervening on behalf of Syrian rebels (not with troops, but with weapons and possibly air support).  Should we?

From Britain’s Sky News:

Syria says Israeli air strikes against three targets near Damascus “open the door to all possibilities”.

Information Minister Omran Zoabi spoke after an emergency cabinet meeting organised to respond to the attack, believed to have targeted missiles bound for Hezbollah.

The rockets hit a military research centre in Jamraya on the outskirts of the capital in the early hours of this morning.

The building was the target of an earlier Israeli strike in January and Israeli radio has reported the latest attack has been confirmed by a senior security official.

A Western intelligence source said “stores of Fateh-110 missiles that were in transit from Iran to Hezbollah” were the target.

Video footage uploaded online by activists shows a huge ball of fire rising into the night sky.

Unverified video claims to show explosions in Damascus More of the unverified footage uploaded by activists

Mr Zoabi accused Israel of working with “terrorist groups” and although he did not hint at a concrete course of action, he said it was Damascus’s duty to protect the state from any “domestic or foreign attack through all available means”.

Sunday’s attack is the third Israeli assault this year on Syrian soil. Previous strikes on Syria by Israel have not elicited a military response from Syria or its allies Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad told CNN the strike was “a declaration of war” by Israel and represented an alliance between Islamic terrorists and Israel.

Iran has condemned the Israeli attack and urged countries in the region to stand against the action, the Fars news agency reported.

Keep reading at  ‘Israel Rocket Strike’ On Syria Military Site.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Grace

    The U.S. will always stand with Israel.

    The vast majority of Americans stand with Israel, nothing has changed, except for some who are anit-semitic.

  • Grace

    My post @ 1 should read:

    The vast majority of Americans stand with Israel, nothing has changed, except for some who are
    ” anti-semitic.”

  • fjsteve

    I don’t think it will broaden the way. This actually may take some of the heat off of border countries who don’t want to get involved any more that they already have but also don’t like the idea of an Iranian missile stockpile right next door. They get to talk tough about Israel and quietly hope for an Israeli success.


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