Behind the Israeli strikes on Syria
TEHRAN – The Israeli regime carried out an airstrike against Syria’s international airport in Damascus and other positions south of the capital, killing five soldiers and causing material damage, the Syrian Defense Ministry said on Saturday.
Syrian air defenses intercepted the raid and managed to shoot down most of the missiles.
In a statement, a Syrian military source said that “at 00:45 today, Saturday, the Israeli enemy carried out an aerial assault with missiles from the northeast direction of Lake Tiberias, targeting Damascus International Airport. and certain points south of the city of Damascus.”
Israeli attacks are no longer a surprise to Damascus, as Syrian military experts are now analyzing the movement of enemy reconnaissance aircraft, anticipating attacks and preparing to prepare for them before they happen.
Israel has frequently sought to weaken Syria as soon as the country’s battle against Daesh terrorists begins to swing in favor of the government.
At the height of Damascus’ fight against terrorism, Israel renounced direct intervention in the war, opting instead to support terror groups with weapons and field hospitals in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights.
As it became more evident that Syria would emerge victorious and relative calm would return to most Arab countries, the Israeli regime attempted to breach this security by targeting the country’s military.
It’s no secret that Israel is keen to see an end to the Syrian government, which for decades has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian and Lebanese resistance groups that have repeatedly fought Israel with Syrian weapons.
Israel says it strikes Iranian military targets and prevents Iran’s supply of weapons to Hezbollah. Nothing could be further from the truth as Iran’s military presence in Syria is limited to an advisory role and no weapons intended for Lebanese Hezbollah have been hit.
To get an idea of what the Israeli regime is hitting earlier this month, the Russian Syria Reconciliation Center linked to the Russian Defense Ministry revealed that eight Israeli F-16 fighter jets attacked Aleppo and Damascus.
Deputy head of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Belligerents in Syria Major General Oleg Egorov said the Israeli attack resulted in the injury of five Syrian soldiers, the destruction of the antenna of the Syrian air defense system on S-125, and two warehouses of military equipment, as well as the damage to an out-of-service runway at al-Nairab military airport in Aleppo, Syria.
They are all Syrian military targets, which Damascus describes as a war crime in its letters to the United Nations, forcing the international body to condemn Israeli aggression.
So far, Syria has taken the diplomatic route. We cannot therefore blame him for destabilizing the region if he decides to pursue a military response. This month, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad warned that “Israel is playing with fire” and “exposing the security and military situation in the region to an explosion”.
Mekdad added that “Syria will not remain silent in the face of Israeli aggression, and the Israelis will pay the price, sooner or later.”
He stressed that “Syria has and will remain firm, and will not retreat from its positions”, noting that “the Israeli enemy should not bet or miscalculate, and have the illusion that Syria will change its positions”. .
The senior Syrian official held the United States and Western countries responsible “for encouraging Israel to persist in aggression and threatening peace and security in the region and the world.”
The United States plays a major role in giving Israel the green light to strike Syrian positions. When one takes a closer look at Washington’s policy towards this region, American support for Israel to attack Syria becomes evident.
Given a US president’s last visit to West Asia when Syria was absent from most US public statements related to Joe Biden’s visit, the country was strongly present behind every word.
All discussions focused on Israel, its support for Israel, its integration into the region, and on Iran and the need to confront it, the truce in Yemen and the energy crisis linked to the war in Ukraine. Syria is at the heart of it all even when it is absent from the official language.
One of America’s most important priorities in West Asia is weakening resistance to Israel while integrating the regime in the region with the help of Arab states. Syria is one of the last Arab states to strongly oppose this American vision.
After Hezbollah helped derail the new US project for the region in 2006, if there is now another US project for the region, it is certainly directed towards Damascus, al-Quds, Beirut, Baghdad (units of popular mobilization), Sana’a and Tehran.
Of course, the US military is already occupying parts of Syrian territory, looting the country’s oil and gas and wheat almost daily, while supporting separatist movements seeking to break up Syria. America prevents Damascus from serving its people while maintaining the hope of weakening the Arab country by dividing it.
Nevertheless, the Syrians realize that they are still an important target for this US administration. As Washington ships advanced weapons to Israeli forces with the sole aim of further destabilizing the region, the Syrian, Lebanese and Palestinian coasts, which store vast amounts of gas that may be the quickest lifeline for those in starvation of energy, have a watchful eye. West.
Also considering the American Caesar Act, the idea is that Syrians are starving, living in poverty and then accepting the terms of the warmongering hegemons of ignorance.
The Caesar Act officially aims to prevent any support for the Syrian government’s reconstruction efforts after years of war. However, this has affected the delivery of humanitarian aid to Syria. Unofficially, this decision aims to paralyze the country and prevent it from standing up.
The world has shown, over the years, the two sides of the Arab region and Western Asia; the weak and submissive side that takes orders from America, and the strong side, which is resistance and independence.
By foiling multiple US-led plots to destabilize the country, including the great threat of terrorism, Syria has proven itself to be a nation in search of the freedom its people have carved out of the sky with their blood.
One of the clearest signs that Syria has already defeated its enemies’ goals is the shift in stance of many in the region and growing calls for government officials to return to the Arab League.
Damascus has managed to show good will to thwart US plans in the country and in the wider region, through which Washington is trying to recoup some losses from regional economic gains made by Russia and China.
Syria will emerge victorious with its allies, as it is the most prepared for any war and has shown to have the most enduring combat capability.