Did Israeli Jets Bomb a Chemical Weapons Facility in Syria?

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The answer as usual is… maybe. The Syrian civil war is unique in the sheer amount of lies, fake stories, videos and photos being put out by both sides. If you assume that a report from either side is a fake, you have a 50 percent chance of being right.

That makes a lot of the reporting useless. And the source for this story may be Maariv, a semi-respectable Israeli tabloid (compared to Yediot), but the original source is the Free Syrian Army which produces propaganda by the ton.

The Free Syrian Army says Israeli air force jets flew over President Bashar Assad’s palace and bombed a chemical weapons site near Damascus, Maariv reported.

The report said the Israeli jets entered Syria’s airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday and flew over Assad’s palace in Damascus and other security facilities before striking a chemical weapons compound near the city.

The Hebrew language daily said a Syrian army air defense battery positioned in the city fired at the Israeli jets that left Syria’s airspace unscathed. FSA rebels posted a video showing smoke rising up from the headquarters for chemical weapons. There were no reports of the extent of damage or casualties.

Neither Damascus or Jerusalem responded to the report.

So if this didn’t happen, why would the Free Syrian Army make it up? Because it makes Assad look weak. The emphasis on the palace overflight is the real point.

Muslim leaders derive their legitimacy from the old Mohammedan metric of being able to fight the infidels. Turkey and its Sunni rebel proxies have spent months taunting Assad for not being able to attack Israel. The reason he can’t attack Israel is because they’re attacking him, but who says that arguments in the Muslim world make any kind of sense.

All that doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. Israel has been sharpening its rhetoric lately and stopping weapons transfers is its top priority. But an FSA report on the subject is worth about as much as any of its propaganda.

  • http://twitter.com/IranAware @IranAware

    I agree about the reliability but this proves once again the excuse of his air defenses as a excuse to not establish a no fly zone are empty.. Don't get me wrong I have no problem with Hamas,Iran Assad and Hezbollah fighting the rebels and AQ, but a excuse to reduce the military to nothing is a tasty choice that needs looked at

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Not if it's going to be replaced with F-16s for the Brotherhood

  • MeSoHornish

    I wouldn't doubt it. The possibility that the U.S. is working through Isreal or exercising influence on military decisions is not a stretch.

    I believe the former to be the case. Obamz is trying to remain tough on his "game changer" threat but not willing to send all the boys over, which may be inevitable.

  • T.C.

    Or maybe the Israelis don't want O'bozo and Co. to get involved if chemical weapons are actually used? This way Assad and the boys keep using the meat grinder approach, FSR radicals keep getting chewed up, and in the end both are badly weakened.

  • Anamah

    I hope MB AQ and some other bacterias do not serve as excuse to open the door to Samantha and the International Crisis group run to protect assassins and put their noses inside Israel. The scorpion can't change his nature.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Whether this particular story has truthful "legs" is really beside the point. But the point is that Israeli jets have buzzed Assad's palace in the past and this is a fact. In fact, Israeli pilots, via their stealth tech, go in and out of Syrian airspace to the degree that they switched off this and that, back in 2007, as they bombed Syria's nascent reactor!
    In fact, they overfly Lebanese airspace- wholly controlled by Hizbullah, as Lebanon IS Hizbullah – and if they had the ability to shoot down the jets they would! Therefore, the take away here is that when the orders are given to do this and that it will be bombs away!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • DDay66

    I seriously doubt this story for one reason. We know that Jewish customs can be suspended during times of war, but Israel isn't currently fully engaged in the Syrian Civil war, therefore I doubt they would have suspended Shabbos obsevance to bomb Syria. If this included several actions, taken over time, or there was a specific direct threat, maybe;

    "The report said the Israeli jets entered Syria’s airspace close to 6 a.m Saturday"

    Any other day of the week, maybe I would believe it.

  • http://none ASPI

    It is a mind boggling claim. If Syrian chemical factory is bombed what are the consquences.

    There would be huge fallout and it won’t discriminate between any sides. I don’t thonk Israel would be that callous.

  • jerusalemcenter

    Israel is involved now…and it is because they have to stop Iran's entrance into Syria, before it had dire consequences for the entire region. Read more about the moves Iran is making here: http://jcpa.org/article/irans-plans-to-take-over-