Jewish Journal

IDF deep inside Syria

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 16, 2007 | 10:09 pm

Remember that alleged Israeli bombing deep inside Syria two weeks ago. Here’s some of the continually emerging details from The Times of London.

IT was just after midnight when the 69th Squadron of Israeli F15Is crossed the Syrian coast-line. On the ground, Syria’s formidable air defences went dead. An audacious raid on a Syrian target 50 miles from the Iraqi border was under way.

At a rendezvous point on the ground, a Shaldag air force commando team was waiting to direct their laser beams at the target for the approaching jets. The team had arrived a day earlier, taking up position near a large underground depot. Soon the bunkers were in flames.

Ten days after the jets reached home, their mission was the focus of intense speculation this weekend amid claims that Israel believed it had destroyed a cache of nuclear materials from North Korea.

The Israeli government was not saying. “The security sources and IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage,” said Ehud Olmert, the prime minister. “We naturally cannot always show the public our cards.”


Actually, Israel rarely shows the public its cards—except for when Olmert lets it slip that Israel has nuclear bombs. When I was in Israel last month, an IDF captain talked about how no one in the government actually expected a war this summer; they just kept talking about it so their neighbors would know they were ready.

That’s smart. The question is: What are the planning to do next the neutralize the nuclear threat from Iran? And what role will the United States play?

(Hat tip to Seraphic Secret.)

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