Yesterday, as Omri Ceren reported, the Israeli air power struck in Syria after Iran despatched a drone into Israel. The Israelis misplaced a fighter jet, the primary time in 30 years an Israeli jet has been misplaced in fight. On the plus aspect, Israel reportedly inflicted severe harm on a number of air protection batteries and 4 Iranian positions in Syria together with the cell command heart from which the Iranian drone was operated.
For me, the query is whether or not this preventing marks the start of an prolonged battle between Israel and its enemies, most notably Iran, in Syria. This report by Anna Ahronheim in the Jerusalem Post means that it does. Indeed, Ahronheim argues that Israel is about to change into a key participant in the subsequent chapter of the Syrian battle.
Why? Because the defeat of the Syrian rebels implies that Iranian and Hezbollah fighters will doubtless flip their consideration to Israel and, in explicit, the Golan Heights. Indeed, it’s obscure why Iran would ship a extremely refined drone into Israel except it’s significantly contemplating navy motion in opposition to the Jewish State.
Israel is not going to tolerate an Iranian navy buildup anyplace close to its border. Today, Maj.-Gen. Yoel Strick, head of the Northern Commend, stated:
Iranian involvement in the area is a disturbing risk to Israel and your complete world. Iran desires to create a entrance command in Syria – we is not going to permit it. We aren’t inclined towards escalation, however we have now excessive-stage capabilities and we is not going to hesitate to make use of them.
Another Israeli commander warned not solely of the Iranian entrenchment throughout the border, but in addition of the return of Syrian troops to an space which was comparatively quiet for shut to 6 years whereas underneath the management of rebels. “We must prepare ourselves operationally and in terms of intelligence for the growing threat: The return of the Syrian army and Iranian forces, Hezbollah and others,” he said.
Benjamin Netanyahu had an analogous message. He stated, “Israel wants peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack on us and against any attempt by Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria or anywhere else.”
In this context, Israel’s assault on Syrian air defenses shouldn’t be seen merely as retaliation. Rather, it looks like an effort to pave the best way for future air assaults in the event that they change into obligatory.
Following yesterday’s confrontation, witnesses reported seeing a convoy of missile-protection batteries heading north close to the Israeli-Arab metropolis of Baka al-Gharbiya. Other witnesses posted photographs of a number of vans carrying the batteries on central highways in northern Israel.
A senior official in Israel’s protection institution has gone on document that, given Iran’s intentions, “the next incident is only a matter of time.” His evaluation appears greater than affordable.