(GPA) Damascus – Earlier today the Syrian government accused Israel of an attack on an important airbase near the Syrian capital.
Reports differ on what kind of strike actually took place but Israel has made no comment. Pro-western media outlets such as Al Jazeera are saying it was possibly an explosion of an ammunition depot that caused the blaze.
The Lebanese news outlet Al Mayadeen claims the attack was carried out by an Israeli jet from Lebanon’s airspace targeting Hezbollah fighters and aiming to further destroy advanced weaponry.
The state run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) published a conflicting report that the attack was actually carried out by surface to surface missiles inside what Syria considers Israeli occupied territory in the Golan Heights.
SANA spoke to a source within the Syrian military shortly after the 3 a.m. attack who said the missiles originated from the Golan region west of Tall Abu al-Nada. The source told SANA that this was a “desperate attempt” by Israel to further prop up terrorists in toppling the Assad government in Syria.
Despite recent comments by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman at a diplomatic in Europe that Israel has no intention of intervening in Syria’s war this is contrary to actions already carried out by Israel. Liberman contradicted himself in the same speech saying that Israel was “trying to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military hardware and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah,” even though Hezbollah’s attention is currently focused on the aiding the Syrian government in the war against jihadists.
Israel has already carried out multiple attacks against Syrian assets during the course of the war there. Israeli fighter jets have also been accused of multiple attacks against Hezbollah forces aiding in Syria’s fight against the Islamic State, al Qaeda affiliates and other takfiri groups in the country.
Israel may rightly fear a battle hardened post-Syrian war Hezbollah turning their attentions on illegal territorial claims made by Israel decades ago yet Israel says they also fear the prospect of IS turning their attention on them, should the Syrian government fall. The Israelis may not be behind these terror groups but they most likely see them as an opportunity to weaken the Assad government that they so adamantly oppose. If an attack by IS is a legitimate fear of the Israeli government perhaps they should explain why they are continually striking the forces performing the best against the terror group.
James Carey is an organizer based in Detroit, Michigan, founder of Geopolitics Alert, and an experienced analyst on Middle Eastern affairs with a particular focus on Turkey. He also covers topics ranging from Latin America and Asia to Europe. You can also hear James in his weekly podcast; The Left is Dead which he co-hosts with investigative journalist Jake Anderson.