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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Why Israel Hit a Syria-Hizballah Convoy: Danger of Deadly Nerve Gas in Hands of Terrorist Organization
It has been reported that a number of Israeli planes flew over
Lebanon and attacked a convoy near the Syrian-Lebanese border. The fact
that this comes shortly after Hizballah and Syrian forces had moved in
growing numbers toward known chemical weapons’ storage areas implies
that the Syrian regime was in the act of shipping chemical weapons to
the Lebanese Shia Islamist group (which also happens to dominate the
Lebanese government and to be involved in a lot of anti-Israel
terrorism) Hizballah. This story has not yet been confirmed by Israel.
During the 2006 Israel-Hizballah
war, Israel frequently hit convoys delivering weapons to Lebanon the
moment they crossed the Syria-Lebanon border, showing a very strong
intelligence capacity on such events. The Israeli position has been that
it will not allow any transfer of advanced weapons by the Syrian regime
to either Hizballah or radical Lebanese Sunni groups. Israel had
previously made this point clear through public statements to the Syrian
government. It has not been explicitly reported whether the weapons on
the convoy were chemical ones.
Brigadier General Amnon Sofrin, a retired army intelligence officer
and former head of intelligence for the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence
agency, gave a press conference in which he made the following points. I
think that if we have solid evidence shared by our own partners all
over the world, that chemical warheads are being transferred from Syria
to Lebanon, to Hezbollah, I think that no one will condemn Israel for
trying to prevent it.”
This should be read as explaining that Israel notified the United
States and others of its intelligence information prior to the attack.
He added that Syria possesses Sarin, a deadly nerve gas, and an even
worse poison called VX which remains on the ground for many days after
being fired. Syria has hundreds of warheads capable of carrying these
substances. Hizballah could also put these warheads on missiles it
possesses and shoot them into Israel.
Sofrin continued: “Should [Syrian dictator Bashar al-]Assad
decide his regime is at its end, he could think, ‘If I go [lose power
part of my legacy] will be that Hezbollah will have capability to hit
Israel very badly.”
Syria has regularly transferred advanced weapons’ systems to
Hizballah. The alternative to the chemical weapons’ explanation would be
if these were advanced Russian-made anti-aircraft missiles.
While much of the Syrian opposition is radical Islamist or even part
of al-Qaida, Sofrin continued, that is a new threat but not an immediate
threat like that emanating from Hizballah. However, given the
likelihood of the regime being overthrown and replaced by a government
that is led by the Muslim Brotherhood and, either willingly or because
it is unable to prevent them from doing so, gives a free hands to
Salafist groups or even al-Qaida affiliates, Israel cannot predict what
its security situation will be like with Syria a year from now. Note
that if al-Qaida gets its hands on chemical weapons—and that means
deadly nerve gasses—this would be a direct threat to the United States
and other Western countries as well as to Israel.
This article was published in PJ Media