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Rogue State: Israel Attacks Syrian Army Anti-Aircraft Defense Near Damascus

It seems in the great “Rules-based International Community” that we keep hearing about from US and UK leaders – there are some countries allowed to violate other country’s airspace, violate international law and thwart the Nuremberg Principles as they wish – and attack any neighbor they want, and then make the outrageous Orwellian claim they have the right to ‘defend themselves’.

Unfortunately, only two countries really match this description at present: Israel and Saudi Arabia – who also happen to be two of the most repressive nations on the planet.

Haaretz reports on Israel’s latest violation against neighboring Syria…

The Israeli army attacked an anti-aircraft battery in Syria, near Damascus, Monday after it fired a missile targeting Israel Air Force planes.

The attack was prompted by the launch of an Sa5-type missile at Israeli reconnaissance planes. The Syrian missile did not hit their Israeli targets but the Israel Defense Forces decided to hit the battery, the army said.

The army targeted the battery with four bombs and, according to the IDF, the battery was damaged to the extent it was no longer operational.

Israel believes Syrian forces fired out of assumption that the Israeli planes intended to attack. The Israeli army spokesperson told reporters that the planes were instead on a reconnaissance mission in Lebanon, photographing sites for Israeli intelligence.

“The Syrian regime is responsible for any firing from its territory. We see this incident as a clear provocation and we will not allow it,” said Ronen Manlis, an IDF spokesperson in a briefing with reporters.

“If anti-aircraft fire is being carried out for any military activity, we will respond as we did now,” he said.
The Syrian missiles were fired at IDF planes on a routine photographic mission that flew into Lebanese territory, an area under the protection of Syrian missiles.

The Israeli army says that they are prepared for the possibility of Syrian retaliation, but do see the incident is an escalation. Before striking Syria, the IDF says it notified Russia of its intentions.

In September, the Israeli military struck a chemical arms plant in in Syria, foreign media reports claimed at the time. The Syrian army general command confirmed in a statement the attack on what they called a military facility, and said that two people were killed and extensive damage was caused. Israel refused to comment on the reports.

Israel has attacked convoys bringing arms to Hezbollah and groups on several Israeli fronts dozens of times over the last five years, a top Israeli military commander confirmed for the first time two weeks ago.

The number of Israeli attacks on such convoys since 2012 is approaching triple digits, Maj. Gen. Amir Eshel, the outgoing commander of the Israel Air Force, told Haaretz.

This is a breaking story, more details to follow

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