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Israel admits striking Syrian 'nuclear facility' in 2007

22 March, 2018, 01:17 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
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Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz took to Twitter to reflect on the implications of the revelations to current tensions: "The courageous decision of the Israeli government nearly 11 years ago to destroy the nuclear reactor in Syria and the successful operation following it sends a clear message: Israel will never allow nuclear weapons to countries like Iran who threaten its existence".

In a statement, the Israeli military said that in the assault, dubbed "Operation Out of the Box", Israeli fighter jets attacked and destroyed an undeclared nuclear facility in Deir-al-Zour on September 6, 2007.

Earlier on Wednesday, Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz commented on the release of the previously classified details of the bombing and said: "Israel will never permit nuclear weapons to be obtained by those who threaten its existence - Syria then and Iran now". "The operation successfully removed an emerging existential threat to Israel and to the entire region - Syrian nuclear capabilities".

Hezbollah is fighting alongside Assad's regime, like Iran and Russian Federation. It also suggested that it was being built with the help of North Korea.

The Israeli military disclosed that 2 groups of jets flew at low altitude toward the target to avoid detection by Syria's radar.

One report, dated 30 March 2007, said: "Syria has set up, within its territory, a nuclear reactor for the production of plutonium, through North Korea, which according to an (initial) worst-case assessment is liable to be activated in approximately another year".




That strike established Israel's policy, known as the Begin Doctrine and named after then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin, that Israel would carry out preemptive strikes against the development of weapons of mass destruction it considered a threat.

On several occasions, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from militants fighting pro-Damascus forces.

"That's the message from '81, that's the message from 2007 and that's our future message to our enemies".

Concern is growing that the confrontation between Israel and Iran will escalate further.

George W. Bush, who was the president in 2007, wrote about the attack in his 2010 memoir, "Decision Points", saying that the successful bombing mission restored confidence he had lost in the Israelis after the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

Finally, on the night of September 5, Israel struck. He was released on parole in June of past year after serving 16 and a half months of a 27-month sentence for corruption and obstruction of justice. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was the opposition leader at the time, told reporters in the weeks after the attack that he had given Prime Minister Ehud Olmert his approval.

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