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May 5, 2013 6:18 pm

New York Times, Foreign Policy: Syria Strikes Show Israel is Serious About Its ‘Red Lines’

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Following reports of Israeli airstrikes in Syria over the weekend targeting advanced weaponry intended for delivery to terror group Hezbollah, major international publications have commented on Israeli resolve, saying that the Jewish state has shown how serious it is about defending itself.

“As the Obama administration considers how to dissuade Mr. Assad from ordering a chemical weapons attack — the use of such weapons, the White House has said, would cross a “red line” — Israel, by striking the warehouse, is clearly showing that it is prepared to stand behind the red lines it has set,” wrote the New York Times Sunday, referring to the Obama administration’s wavering response  to reports of chemical weapons use by the beleaguered Assad regime. A scenario that Obama had previously referred to as a game changer.

“There’s also a message here for Iran, whose nuclear program Israel has vowed to destroy if the Iranians cross Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s red line,” wrote Blake Hounshell for Foreign Policy magazine Saturday, “…the intended lesson here for Tehran (and Washington) is clear: Israel will defend itself when threatened, and we mean what we say.”

According to the Jerusalem Post, Israel’s former military intelligence chief, Amos Yadlin echoed the sentiment in an interview with Israel Radio Sunday morning, saying that “Iran monitors the resolution of Israel and the United States in regard to red lines, and what it sees in Syria has clarified that, at least some parties – when they define red lines, and when those lines are crossed – are serious.”

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An American official told the New York Times on condition of anonymity that the strikes targeted a shipment that included “Iranian-made Fateh-110s — a mobile, accurate, solid-fueled missile that has the range to strike Tel Aviv and much of Israel from southern Lebanon, and that represents a considerable improvement over the liquid-fueled Scud missile.”

“Two prominent Israeli defense analysts said the shipment included Scud Ds, a missile that Syrians have developed from Russian weapons with a range of up to 422 miles — long enough to reach Eilat, in southernmost Israel, from Lebanon,” added the Times.

A Syrian official told CNN that the strikes were considered a “declaration of war” by the Assad regime.

Israeli officials have declined to comment on the reports as is customary, and at a cabinet meeting earlier today the subject of Syria was not brought up, according to a Government Press Office communique.

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  • HOW PROUD WE MUST ALL BE TO SEE HOW OUR IDF HAS NOT “LOST IT”. OUR MILITARY IS DETERMINED NOT TO ALLOW OUR ENEMIES TO GAIN THE UPPER HAND. WE ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF ROOTING OUT TERRORISM IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD. WE WILL NEVER ALLOW A REPEAT OF WORLD WAR II CONDITIONS. MAY G-D BLESS AND STRENGTHEN OUR MILITARY AND ENABLE IT TO ALWAYS PROTECT OUR COUNTRY AND ITS CITIZENS. MAY WE CONTINUE OUR UNSHAKABLE RESOLVE AND BELIEF THAT G-D IS OUR ONLY PROTECTOR, AND THAT HE WILL SEE US THROUGH WHATEVER CHALLENGES AWAIT US.

  • A big thanks to G-d for having instilled us Israelis with a strong disciplined and resourceful purpose in getting the job done–where there is an existential threat, Israel will respond without dragging its feet the way they are doing in America. Thank G-d we do not have an Obama running our country here in Israel.

  • We heard the news at 7.00am (South African local time)
    and felt so proud at what you have done, in comparison
    to the dithering Americans. They are very fortunate that
    Israel is the moat that guards their castle. Mazeltov
    to your immaculate planning and very brave IDF. We Thank
    Hashem for protecting you on this day, and for the future.
    Bless you all.

  • Indeed, in so far as these particular “game changers”, there should have been little doubt that booms in the night would go forward – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/05/05/the-iaf-kicks-up-a-firestorm-bombing-syrian-targets-from-overhead-stand-off-bombs-away-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

    GO IDF/IAF!!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • susan prince

    you go ISRAEL!!!!! from a Christian admirer of Israel!

  • David

    Yahsha Koach to Eretz Yisroel.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Well done Israel! Not wait for Obama empty word. Is completely morally unreliable, I think that USA Jews that support him to be elected had made a very big mistake of discernment!

  • Irving D, Cohen

    As a World War 2 combat infantry veteran, I have no illusions about warfare. I have seen, at first hand, the results of the bombing of London, Coventry, Berlin and many other cities, and I pray that neither I, nor any other American or Israeli will ever again have to witness anything so horrible again.

    However, it is difficult for me to understand what Israel is supposed to do to protect itself and its people from the slaughter which awaits them if they simply sit back and await the butchery by a billion or so of their enemies who openly promise to destroy
    them. No other people has been subjected to such cruelty for over 2000 years, with the acquiescence of “civilized”
    peoples, and who now face their destruction at the hands of their neighbors, in spite of having been a peace-loving group since ancient times. Rather than receiving the backing of the United Nations, which has seen Israel attacked by those very neighbors half a dozen times ever since its creation some 60 years ago, that organization has done all that it could to help destroy its own creation, leaving Israel to defend her very existence by itself.

    As much as I hate war, having witnessed its horror, I see no possibility of living in peace with those neighbors, and I feel that the Israeli people will have to defend itself once again. There is no other solution.

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