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

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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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  • MD Ranix

    israhell lies/deceives 24 7 to save its evil skin – trademark of supreme race in perm hell

  • zman

    Dear Israel…Creating and aiding and abetting criminal false jihadi terrorist groups is crossing red lines of the rest of the world. None of your excuses will do you any good when your cities and psychopathic leaders are burning. Sooner or later, you are going to have total destruction visited upon yourselves and it will be your own doing. No one will weep for you. The world knows of your crimes and when the time comes, your friends will evaporate into thin air. Then the world will know peace…so keep on doing your dirty work and hasten your demise.

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Israel, like other terrorists supporting states in the West, spouts the lies and then goes on to believe them. Karma is going to be brutal.

      • Garga

        Notice their use of words like “smuggling” to pretend their actions are somehow lawful.

        Anyway, is Karma a female? I only ask because of the way they describe it, I don’t know males like that! ;)

      • Serious Dude

        Another hater of the West. The thing is that you people deserve tyranny and dictatorship. You don’t like Western values of national self-determination and human rights.

        • TiredOfBsToo

          Nah, don’t hate the West, just the values of the corrupt governments actively spreading terrorism for personal gain. If in doubt what I’m talking about, check out ‘War is a Racket’ by highly decorated Marine general. You could also read “The Devil’s Chessboard” by David Talbot to educate yourself about the CIA; then if you really want to find out what your government is doing, read something beside the MSM. It could open your eyes, that is, if you really want to know and not just a mouthpiece for the Empire.

          • Garga

            Please don’t fall for it when they try to label you.
            It’s Hasbara 101.

            “It could open your eyes, that is, if you really want to know and not just a mouthpiece for the Empire”
            That’s it. You summed it up nicely. Thank you.

          • TiredOfBsToo

            “Please don’t fall..”

            No chance of that. I used to go round and round with these types of people on AlJazeera, but got away from it for awhile.

          • Serious Dude

            Yeah but the West is not CIA. CIA is a criminal organization.

        • XRGRSF

          Dude, please, find a real job. Being a house fly just isn’t your calling.

          • Serious Dude

            Says the basement dweller…

        • zman

          What person is their right mind would like western style national determination and faux human rights? That’s the problem with people in the west…they’re generally to self absorbed to realize what a lie their so-called human rights campaign is…and national determination…was that supposed to be a joke? Perhaps you mean the spreading of democrazy?

          • Serious Dude

            I believe in real human rights not fake ones (like illegals, trannies and stuff like that). Nowadays, Europe is under cultural marxism. Democracy is far better than dictatorship though.

    • Rob

      The Israeli refugees wisdom is in their ass*s. That is why they don’t know that how Hisbollah obtaining latest weapons for America and Israeli refugees treatment.,

  • Assassin

    I think the real “red line” here for them is Syria kicking too much jihadi ass.

  • Joe

    Frankly ,I don’t think Israel can stop even 10% of the arms transferred. Once in a while a real strike, but mostly dummies are blown up unless He’s are all fools not to create false deliveries as they are masters in deception.

    Really this shows how fearful Israel is with regards to Hezbollah a very small force.

    • Bob

      Assume Israel has constant detailed US satellite surveillance of Tehran and Damascus airports and spies on ground at Damascus airport – the route that the arms shipments take. But as you suggest, equally assume the Iranians send shipments of mocked up crates and wrapped up finned tubes – delivered and moved around Damascus airport warehouses – as a basic deception ploy to keep Israeli intelligence chasing shadows.

      • John Whitehot

        it wouldn’t surprise me if most of the Israeli daring, God-backed, extraordinarily intelligent airstrikes have targeted that kind of objects for the most part.

  • Expo Marker

    Israel is always fearful of it’s neighbors being strong and opposing zionism. They opt for nations like Jordan, not defiant nations like Syria and Lebanon.

  • John Mason

    When is someone going to shut the zionists down? Bunch of clowns running around who are so delusional that they actually believe they are Gods’ chosen race. If so then why are they plagued with one disaster after another, even born a joo is a disaster.
    Tillerson wants to set up de-escallation zones in eastern Syria.
    https://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/11/02/tillerson-us-build-additional-deescalation-zones-syria.html
    Bound to be more interesting than the zionist gutter trash.

    • Raptar Driver

      Don’t worry, God Himself will shut them down, it is already happening which is why they are so on edge, their time is short.

  • Turbofan

    Israeli spies caught in Syria should be quartered and fed to sharks..

    • Garga

      Or, alternatively they can:
      1- Read verses of the New Testament for them, especially the parts regarding Jesus Christ.
      2- Feed them with Hummos and tell them it’s Lebanese.

      3- Tell them Krav Maga is sh*t compared to Kali.
      4- Play Hava Nagila for them but don’t let them to clap or dance.

    • russ

      Pigs, fed to pigs… alive tho

  • russ

    Israel… be patient your time is coming… The Greater Israel Project is a dying rat. It has been a lesson watching Russia’s sense of timing and responses. No wonder they are such good chess players, it is in their cultural fabric. First take care of ISIS, then the FSA and then Israel gets Hezbollah’s undivided attention. These airstrikes are intended to distract Syria from their mission objectives. Hezbollah has long term memory… Israel… be patient your time is coming…

    • nwoecb

      It’s not 2D or 3D chess, it simply shows Russia is unreliable. They are willing to sell state-of-the-art air defense systems to Western allied countries, but nothing to her own allies and supposed “friends”.

      • russ

        Your right if Russia hadn’t entered Syria’s war, Syria would have won this ISIS invasion 2 years ago. Russia has only hindered Syria’s war efforts.

        • nwoecb

          Right, if Syria wouldn’t have sacrificed tens of thousands of soldiers, there would no swarms of NATO-sponsored Jihadists at the gates of Moscow and Muslim populated regions in Russia.

          • ruca

            Wow listen to the 2 fools on this thread.

    • Spectator

      Well said.
      What do you think about the following Scenario :
      – Russian AeroSpatial Forces + Muslim boots vs Zion ?

      Than the award / Loot : Jerusalem for the boots, Costantinople for Russia.

      • russ

        This response by Russia in Syria is a counter to the projection of the US petro dollar upon the world. We charge usury on every penny spent on oil. We produce nothing. We are the largest net loss economy that only exists because of this interest charged on being the reserve money of the world. The burden upon the world has become too great to continue. Poor Iraq, Libya and Lebanon paid horrible retribution for attempting to divorce their economies from this parasitic money system of ours. The IMF and FED RESERVE. Russia with great reluctance finally determined no more. China is in an unhealthy symbiotic relationship with us/US. We buy their useless dollar store junk and they keep giving us credit to buy it. That is a slow speed train wreck, but the reason they don’t join Russia in Syria…. BTW, without us/US, Israel’s life expectancy is sundown…

  • Omega

    IsraHell can’t stop all arms shipment to Hezbollah from Syria and they know it. The border is too long and the blind spots too many.

  • gustavo

    It does not matter the color of the line, you will be bomb. Russia is jusst watching the show.

  • XRGRSF

    Israel will continue to attack Syria until they are stopped. When Syria/Russia finally has enough, and knocks a few Israeli jets out of the sky they’ll stop, but not before then. After all , why should they?

  • Brad Isherwood

    http://defense-update.com/20161229_sayyad-3.html
    Iran has Mobile SAMs based on BUK M1/M2 – named RAAD.

  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    The existence of Israel is a “red line” for any sane country.