Israel Enforces "Red Lines" in Syria

(New York Post) Benny Avni - Israel's message when it struck a major Syrian arms facility from the air was, "A red line is a red line." The daring attack carried all the hallmarks of Israel's unique brand of non-proliferation enforcement in an age of major proliferation crises. Israel has told everyone (including UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last week) that it wouldn't allow into Syria and Lebanon certain arms that can change the face of future wars against it. Washington said the bombed facility as one of Syria's three chemical-arms factories. As the Syrian war appears to be winding up in victory for Assad, Iran and Hizbullah, Israel is acting to prevent them from fulfilling their vow to erase it off the map, and prevent proliferation of banned arms in the process. This week's lesson is clear: Daring, well-planned surgical attacks are a non-proliferation tool that should be considered where practical.

2017-09-08 00:00:00

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