Yesterday Israeli jets targeted government army bases in Syria. The Jewish state wants to prevent by all means the existence of a "Shiite corridor" linking "Tehran to Damascus." Chief of Intelligence: Tehran finances and supports armed organizations that pose a threat to Israel.
Tel Aviv (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has made a tough (verbal) attack on Syria and Iran, threatening to attack the two nations in a preventative manner in the event of a danger to the Jewish state.
His words come a few hours after a series of air raids against military targets in Syria (pictured). According to Damascus Israeli jets carried out the attacks but Lieberman refused to confirm or deny the charges.
Yesterday the Syrian army accused its Israeli counterpart of having committed a series of attacks on a strategic military site in the west of the country before dawn, causing two deaths; according to some sources, the raid centered a deposit used by Damascus for the production of chemical weapons.
"We are determined," said Lieberman, "to prevent our enemies from threatening or even creating the conditions to pose a threat to the security of Israel's citizens." He also added that "we will do everything to prevent the existence of a Shiite corridor" that goes "from Tehran to Damascus."
The Syrian military site hit at dawn yesterday is north of Mesyaf and is used by both Iran and Lebanese militia (Hezbollah Shiites). Both are close allies of the Syrian government and President Bashar al-Assad and their contribution has been decisive in the fate of the war that has been waging for over six years in the country.
Since the beginning of the conflict, in March 2011, Israel has repeatedly conducted strikes and strategic bombings against [Damascus] military targets in Syrian territory. Israel also has ties with anti-Assad and anti-Iranian militias [and the same Islamic State].
Israel accuses Tehran of transferring sophisticated weapons to Hezbollah, which then uses them to support the Syrian regular army against rebel groups and jihadist militias. Israel fears that in the future they can be used against it. The head of intelligence services of the Jewish state, General Herzl Halevi, who pointed his finger at Iran, also spoke. "The major threats - he says - against Israel's security are represented by armed organizations, most of which are funded and supported by Iran."
"We are ready to meet these threats, close and far, with determination and our enemies know well the combination of intelligence and our operational capabilities, “ the general concluded.