Notes from the front – of 4/5/2017

Oppose Israel’s attacks on Syria

On 27 April Israel launched missile strikes against an alleged Hezbollah arms hub near Damascus airport in Syria. Since 2011, Israel has launched multiple strikes inside Syria, mostly against Hezbollah. In March this year it launched several strikes near Palmyra.

In relation to this recent missile attack the Israeli Government’s response has been more open than its usual refusal to confirm or deny the attack. Intelligence Minister, Yisrael Katz, implied responsibility when he said that the incident was “…entirely consistent with our policy for preventing weapons transfer to Hezbollah”. The day before, a senior Israeli officer stated that 100 Syrian missiles had been destroyed in the attack last month.

This most recent strike was launched while Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, was on a visit to a security conference in Moscow. He stated that Israel “…will not allow Iranian and Hezbollah forces to be massed on the Golan Heights border”. Israel occupies Syrian territory on the Golan Heights.

It is questionable whether Israel’s greater military assertiveness is simply a response to progress south by pro-regime forces in Syria. However it also fits a pattern of growing Israeli confidence in foreign policy support from the Trump administration.

Israel’s military frequent interventions in Syria should be opposed.