No, Israel-Iran skirmish in Syria this week had nothing to do with Trump pulling out of JCPOA

No, Israel-Iran skirmish in Syria this week had nothing to do with Trump pulling out of JCPOA
IAF targeting system view of Russian-made Syrian Pantsir S-1 SAM launcher taking a kill shot. (Image: IAF video)

Twenty rockets were fired toward Israel from Syria early Thursday morning. The rockets were fired by Iranian Quds Force (the special forces unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards) based in Syria.  Four of the Iranian rockets were shot down by Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, while the remaining sixteen landed in Syria.

Israel, of course, unleashed a barrage at Iranian sites based in Syria. According to Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, “If it rains on us, it’ll storm on them.”  Describing how the IAF hit “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria,” Lieberman, speaking to a conference at the IDC college in Herzliya, added, “We are not going to let Iran turn Syria into an entire military base against Israel … I hope we’ve finished this chapter and that everyone got the message.”

Unannotated view of IAF target locations (Iranian targets in Syria) on 10 May 2018. (Map via Yiddish News)

If you believe the press, the action in the dark pre-dawn of Thursday morning was a response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA.  But that’s not true.

On February 10 of this year, Iran sent a drone into Israeli territory.  The Israeli Air Force not only shot the drone down but launched an air attack on the Syrian airbase (“T4”) where Iran’s drone operations are based. April 9 saw Israel attack the same Syrian airbase (without admitting they were behind the attack).

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After examining the film and the drone wreckage for two months, the government of Israel revealed that the Iranian drone shot down on 10 February had been carrying explosive material.  The drone wasn’t armed with separately deliverable bombs or missiles, but rather it was the “bomb” itself.  And it had been directed against an Israeli target by its controller.

Over the past two months, Israeli officials including Prime Minister Netanyahu have repeatedly stated that the Iranian military presence in Syria was intolerable.

On April 29, it is believed, Israel struck again. A huge blast was reported at a weapons depot near Hama, Syria said to be used by Iran.  The blast was so significant it reportedly registered as a 2.6 magnitude seismic event.  Iran swore to retaliate for the end of April strike.

As you can see by the above, while President Trump announced he was pulling out of the Iran deal on Tuesday, May 8, the attack of Thursday morning would have happened whatever the President said about the JCPOA.

Allow me to point out one more item related to the May 10 effort and Israel in general.

Some commentators claim that Israel wants the United States to attack Iran for her. WRONG!  Israel learned a long time ago that it cannot rely on another country for protection. The very premise of Zionism was that the safety of Jews would no longer rest with the goodwill of the Gentiles.  Jewish history is written in their blood, drawn from the deceit of non-Jews who promised protection

For example, under the British mandate, whenever the Jews relied on the British for protection, Arabs would massacre Jews right under the noses of the British whose police forces wouldn’t lift a finger.  A great example of that was the Hebron massacre.  Or, after the Sinai war in 1956, the UN promised that it would never allow Egypt to close the Suez Canal again. But in 1967, Egypt closed the canal, the UN did nothing, and there was war.

During a 1977 meeting between Moshe Dayan, President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, Dayan asserted:

Even with the U.S., ruling parties and presidents change. For most of the time since modern Israel was created in 1948 America has been an ally of the Jewish State. However, could Israel really count on the U.S. during the reign of the anti-Israel, anti-Semitic Barack Obama?

And speaking of the Presidency, this administration’s reaction to the latest bombing exchange was that Israel has the right to defend herself – period! The previous administration may have also said Israel can defend herself, but would have urged the Jewish State to “show restraint” instead of punishing Iran for its aggression.

The MSM has long been as biased against Israel as it is against American conservatives. Its coverage of Thursday morning’s exchange between Israel and Iran is just another example of that bias. Its coverage of Trump’s JCPOA action is a combo; the MSM gets to be biased against American conservatives and Israel at the same time.

The video below is an Israeli News report about the Israeli/Iranian exchange:

Cross posted at The Lid.

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz is editor and publisher of the The Lid, and a weekly political columnist for the Jewish Star and TruthRevolt. He has also contributed to, HotAir, and PJ Media’s Tattler.


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