Monday, November 12, 2012

Israel, Syria exchange fire

"By Ariel Schalit, Josef Federman

The Associated Press staff

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 2:05pm

TEL HAZEKA, Golan Heights — Israeli tanks struck a Syrian artillery launcher Monday after a stray mortar shell flew into Israel-held territory, the first direct clash between the neighbors since the Syrian uprising began nearly two years ago.
The confrontation fueled new fears that the Syrian civil war could drag Israel into the violence, a scenario with grave consequences for the region. The fighting has already spilled into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.
"We are closely monitoring what is happening and will respond appropriately. We will not allow our borders to be violated or our citizens to be fired upon," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday in a speech to foreign ambassadors.
While officials believe President Bashar Assad has no interest in picking a fight with Israel, they fear the embattled Syrian leader may try to draw Israel into the fighting in a bout of desperation. Israeli officials believe it is only a matter of time before Syrian rebels topple the longtime leader.
The conflict has already spilled over into several of Syria’s other neighbors — whether in direct violence or in the flood of refugees fleeing the bloodshed. More than 36,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, according to estimates by anti-Assad activists.
On Monday, a Syrian fighter jet bombed a rebel-held area hugging the border with Turkey three times, killing 15 to 20 people, according to a Turkish official. Separately, eight wounded Syrians died in Turkey, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief the media.
Potential Israeli involvement in Syria could be far more explosive. The bitter enemies both possess air forces, tanks and significant arsenals of missiles and other weapons.
Although the Israeli military is more modern and powerful, Syria has a collection of chemical weapons that could wreak havoc if deployed. Fighting between the countries could also drag in Syria’s close ally, the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, or Islamic militant groups in the Gaza Strip on Israel’s southern flank.
Israeli political scientist Dore Gold, an informal adviser to Netanyahu, said neither Israel nor Syria has any interest in escalating the fighting...." more at:


Anonymous said...

In the US many among the religiously sensitive view the Obama reelection as a harbinger of coming disaster. This may be an overstated emotional state but once again as has happened so many times since the start of the ENPI the world seems again primed for some expectation of the beginning of a time of tribulation. It has not happened each time but rather something has come along to draw out the time line of events. One year and one and one half months left to the ENPI. Will we see acceleration in the world of the prophetic or if nothing transpire to confirm our seven years of watching will we quietly fold our tents and slip away ?

Anonymous said...

The future of bilateral Iran-Israel relations
11/15/2012 12:34
Both Iran and Israel have never been so aware as they are today of the positive and beneficial consequences of a close relationship and historic friendship.
Javier Solana, the representative of the European Parliament, during his recent visit to Iran, told them: “If you do not unconditionally sign the International Protocol of Non-Proliferation you will hear bad news.”