Russia Was Not Surprised by Attack on Syrian Weapons Facility

(Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Israel on Thursday reportedly attacked a branch of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center that housed chemical weapons and missiles. When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russian President Vladimir Putin two weeks ago, he made it clear that if and when Israel attacked to protect its interests, everyone should understand why it happened and what was at stake and no one should be surprised. Jerusalem has made clear that it will not allow game-changing weaponry to be transferred from Syria or Iran to Hizbullah, and will not let Iran or Hizbullah build bases on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights that could be used for attacks against Israel. It was telling that there was no immediate condemnation of the attack from Moscow. Their immediate silence could be interpreted as a sign they were not blindsided by the move.

2017-09-08 00:00:00

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