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.