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Israeli Minister Claims Smuggling Arms To Hezbollah Is “Red Line”, After Airstrikes On Syria


Israeli Minister Claims Smuggling Arms To Hezbollah Is “Red Line”, After Airstrikes On Syria

Hezbollah members, supporters and relatives attend the funeral of three Hezbollah fighters who were killed fighting alongside the Syrian Army. FILE IMAGE: REUTERS

A senior Israeli minister on November 2 declined to comment on reports that Israeli aircraft had struck a target in Syria the night before but repeated a threat to hit arms shipments to Lebanese Hezbollah members.

The air strike targeted a factory south of the Syrian city of Homs on the night of November 1 and the Syrian army responded by firing a surface-to-air missile at the aircraft, a commander in a military alliance fighting in support of Damascus said. He did not give details of any casualties.  According to Reuters, Israeli planes had hit a copper factory in the industrial town of Hisya, 35 km (21 miles) south of Homs and 112 km (70 miles) north of Damascus.

“I can‘t, of course, relate to reports about the Israel Defence Forces’ attack in Syria, but regardless, Israel’s position is clear: Smuggling arms to Hezbollah is a red line in our eyes,” Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Army Radio. “Israel has acted in the past and it will act in the future to prevent arms smuggling to Hezbollah according to intelligence information that we will have,” he added.

This isn’t the first time Israel strikes on the Syrian territory, citing retaliation for Syria attacking their reconnaissance planes or Hezbollah’s presence in the region as justifying their attack.

The reason underlying these attacks seems to be connected to Israel’s growing anxiety regarding the failure of attempts to overthrow Bashar al-Assad’s government. Considering the fact that Israeli officials consider Iran worse than ISIS, and would rather deal with the Caliphate than with Tehran paints a somewhat ironic picture. Israel covertly supporting the terrorists, and the conflict escalated by the US and the Arabian monarchies, was a major contributing factor to Hezbollah’s and Iran’s increased influence in Syria. It seems like Tel-Aviv will have to reap what it has sown. The more imminent the collapse of ISIS, the more aggressive Israel’s policy in the Middle East will become.

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