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Is Israel increasing its role in Syrian conflict?

Postby admin » Tue Dec 09, 2014 12:01 am

Is Israel increasing its role in Syrian conflict?

Israeli airstrikes reportedly inside Syria demonstrate how the country once again is willing to go on the offensive against any potential threat, according to regional experts.

In an interview with Fox News National Security Analyst KT McFarland, analyst Paul Floyd and researcher Nick Heras both believe the strikes are significant in the fight against both Syrian President Bashar Assad and the terror group ISIS.

“Israel has demonstrated before and now that they are willing to strike in Syria at weapon systems that they perceive can be a threat back at home,” said Floyd, a military analyst at the geopolitical intelligence firm, Stratfor.

While the Israeli government would like to see the demise of the Assad regime, Floyd cautions officials are being strategic. “They have a self-interest in not necessarily enabling the rebels too much because in some ways the rebels could be a threat as much as the Syrian regime could be, so they are more interested in a balance of power.”

While Israel has not commented on the strikes, it’s believed they were trying to prevent weapons from getting to Assad’s ally, the militant group Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In May 2013, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his country’s policy “to stop, as much as possible, any leaks of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations. We will continue to act to ensure the security interests of the citizens of Israel.”

“Hezbollah empowered by the Iranians … has utilized the Syrian conflict to create another generation of Hezbollah using Iraqi Shia jihadists that were drawn to the Syrian war … creating a cross regional linkage that can be deployed in the future,” said Nick Heras, a research associate with the Center for a New American Security.

Floyd points to a logistical trail that Israel is following. “When Israel has seen reports of these weapon systems being delivered, especially if they are going to Hezbollah … they are quite willing to go into Syria and strike those.”

There is growing concern weapons provided to rebels fighting ISIS and the Assad regime could later be used to attack Israel or even the United States.

“One of the major conundrums in the Syrian conflict has been how to determine who are the good guys,” said Heras. “[Thus] making it very hard for us to determine whether once arms are introduced into the Syrian conflict, that they won’t be used in the future in a potential attack against Israel.” ... -conflict/

Isaiah 17 New King James Version (NKJV)

Proclamation Against Syria and Israel
17 The burden against Damascus.

“Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city,
And it will be a ruinous heap.
2 The cities of Aroer are forsaken;[a]
They will be for flocks
Which lie down, and no one will make them afraid.
3 The fortress also will cease from Ephraim,
The kingdom from Damascus,
And the remnant of Syria;
They will be as the glory of the children of Israel,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
4 “In that day it shall come to pass
That the glory of Jacob will wane,
And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.
5 It shall be as when the harvester gathers the grain,
And reaps the heads with his arm;
It shall be as he who gathers heads of grain
In the Valley of Rephaim.
6 Yet gleaning grapes will be left in it,
Like the shaking of an olive tree,
Two or three olives at the top of the uppermost bough,
Four or five in its most fruitful branches,”
Says the Lord God of Israel.
7 In that day a man will look to his Maker,
And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.
8 He will not look to the altars,
The work of his hands;
He will not respect what his fingers have made,
Nor the wooden images[b] nor the incense altars.
9 In that day his strong cities will be as a forsaken bough[c]
And an uppermost branch,[d]
Which they left because of the children of Israel;
And there will be desolation.
10 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation,
And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold,
Therefore you will plant pleasant plants
And set out foreign seedlings;
11 In the day you will make your plant to grow,
And in the morning you will make your seed to flourish;
But the harvest will be a heap of ruins
In the day of grief and desperate sorrow.
12 Woe to the multitude of many people
Who make a noise like the roar of the seas,
And to the rushing of nations
That make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters!
13 The nations will rush like the rushing of many waters;
But God will rebuke them and they will flee far away,
And be chased like the chaff of the mountains before the wind,
Like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
14 Then behold, at eventide, trouble!
And before the morning, he is no more.
This is the portion of those who plunder us,
And the lot of those who rob us.
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