Syria Crosses Israel’s WMD Red Line

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


On Sunday, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Army Radio that the country’s top security officials had held a special meeting and warned that the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons to Hezbollah would be crossing a line that would mean action.

It was not the first time that Israel had warned Assad not to follow in the footsteps of his former ally, Saddam Hussein, but it was the sharpest warning to date. The warning was clearly meant to head off a specific course of action by Syria. But true to form, Bashar Assad did not listen.

Yesterday, it was reported that Israeli jets struck a convoy headed from Syria to Lebanon. The convoy reportedly contained SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles as well as some of the SSRC’s special toxic brew.

Syria’s extended occupation of Lebanon has come to an end, but the Shiite terrorist group Hezbollah, backed by Iran and Syria, has taken its place. Hezbollah fighters have gone to Syria to fight for Assad and it was widely speculated that Assad might transfer some of his WMD stockpiles to his Lebanese allies.

For Israel, the transfer of WMDs to terrorists is the ultimate red line that endangers its survival and existence. Israel’s enemies have long used neighboring terrorist groups as proxy armies for waging war against it by conventional means. Transferring WMDs to terrorists would allow those same countries to indirectly carry out a WMD attack that might kill hundreds of thousands of Israelis while minimizing concerns about retaliation.

The Arab Spring and the Islamist Winter have led to civil wars within the Muslim world in which Israel is not a player, but a pawn. In Egypt, Bahrain and Libya, both sides have accused each other of working for the Zionists. In Egypt, Mohammed Morsi won international support by using his Hamas cousins to stage a conflict with Israel which he could then resolve to prove his credentials as a force for stability and peace. In Syria, Assad has hoped to use the threat of war with Israel as a bargaining chip with the West.

Syria is in no state for a war with Israel. And a new war with Hezbollah is a card that Iran is reserving for its own use against the threat of an Israeli strike on its nuclear program. That leaves Syria with few options. Its only real card is its WMD program. Syria can’t use chemical weapons on a large scale against its rebels without crossing NATO’s red line. And it’s afraid that if it doesn’t turn those weapons into an asset, it may lose them.

Putting WMDs in Hezbollah’s hands not only takes them out of the reach of the Sunni rebels, but allows Assad to indirectly threaten Israel. And while NATO may intervene in Syria in response to WMD use by the regime, it isn’t likely to try and intervene in Lebanon if Hezbollah makes use of them; not when the EU still refuses to put Hezbollah on its terrorist list. With WMDs in Hezbollah’s arsenal, Assad could try to duplicate Morsi’s farce with Hamas, by setting himself up as the only man who can prevent a truly catastrophic regional conflict.

Israel however has no interest in being used as a pawn in the Syrian Civil War with the lives of hundreds of thousands of its citizens on the line. American and European leaders have doubtlessly warned the Jewish State not to attack Assad, regardless of the provocation, to avoid undermining the Sunni rebels and the credibility of the regional anti-Assad coalition. A similar warning during the Gulf War prevented Israel from responding to Saddam’s Scud missile attacks, but Israel had its own red line in Syria, and with the weapons transfer, Assad had crossed that line.

As far back as 2010, Brigadier General (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, director of Israel’s National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, had warned at the Tenth Annual World Summit on Counter-Terrorism that if Syria transfers WMDs to Hamas or Hezbollah, the SSRC, Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center, which runs Syria’s WMD program, should be targeted and demolished by the international community.

The international community failed to act and so Israel took action instead. Syria has now reported that Israel had carried out an air strike against a military research facility near Damascus. It is quite likely that this was a reference to the SSRC.

The Syrian military spokesman claimed that a building had been destroyed and large scale material damage had resulted from the attack. This does not mean that Syria’s WMD program is toast; both attacks were more likely meant as a warning that Israel will not hang around waiting for Obama to act when its safety is in jeopardy.

While information is still being put together and there is much about the attack that we don’t know, the very act has wider implications beyond Syria.

Israel’s biggest red line is still Iran’s nuclear program and while the general consensus in the international community is that despite Netanyahu’s talk of a red line, it will not act, the Syrian strikes are a reminder that Israel always reserves the military option and that when it does act, the results are shocking and unexpected.

The message out of Syria is that Israel reserves the right to defend itself against weapons of mass destruction and that it reserves the right to do so even in the face of opposition from Obama and the international community.

With its dense population centers and small territorial size, Israel cannot afford any complacency when it comes to weapons of mass destruction. In the aftermath of its election and the rise of left-wing social justice parties, some observers might have assumed that Israel would be too busy lowering the price of yogurt and urban apartments or wrangling over social benefits to pay attention to the bigger issues. The Israeli Air Force delivered a powerful reminder that the only free state in the region has not forgotten about the threat and it has not forgotten how to act.

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  • Beenthere

    Unlike the american government and the 50plus% of the citizens in La La Land of rainbows. The people of Israel know and unstand the dangers in the real world. Good for Israel for showing they have the backbone to standup to terrorism.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Moreover, it is intrinsic to note that the "booms" at Fordow (last week) are of piece with the strikes in Syria, one piggybacked upon another – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/01/28/israels-speci

      Still waiting to hear from some of my trusted contacts in Israel….btw, living up north, yesterday I heard many such "booms" and my windows were rattling. Curious and curiouser…..

      Adina kutnicki, Israel – http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • Thomas_h

      "Good for Israel for showing they have the backbone to standup to terrorism."

      You, of course, meant to say:
      "Good for Israel for showing they have the backbone to stand up to (islamic) jihad."

      Terrorism is a nebulous idea and routinely terrorists accuse the victim of terror. But Jihad is specific to islam. Let's never forget who is our enemy.

    • mekus milkdud

      the people of the united states understand terrorist the problem is we now have a pro muslim president with a preacher and leaders that want to destroy Israel the panthers want to kill crackers faraconvict and wright hate whites and jews do the math these people want tokill jews destroy Israel and get rid of crackers

    • claudius2u

      Well, I'm 68, so OK, but I'm NOT sleeping! I think that most citizens of all ages are mesmerized on purpose by bankster-controled media to spurn Creator and assume America is safe without her Creator in charge. Bye Bye America!

      Yes! Good for Y'srael! But, remember, Y'srael is Creator's land. NO Body messes with His land!

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    All the FAKE "anti-war", FAKE human rights councils / committees, "progressive" knuckledraggers, pro-Islamofascist savages can FOAD.

  • UCSPanther

    Good move Israel. Nothing says "I mean it!" like a nice big explosion.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      Replying to UCSPanther (quote) "Good move Israel. Nothing says "I mean it!" like a nice big explosion. "

      …too funny. thanks. I really needed that.

    • Snorbak

      With regard to this act & Israels recent boycott of the UNHRC, for those of us that do not have our heads inserted in our rectums & understand the reality of the situation that Israel faces, to quote Monty Python; "and there was much rejoicing…".

  • Mary Sue

    Waiting for Obama is sort of like Waiting for Godot.

  • maria

    Bravo Israel. We are not going to be massacred as during WW 2
    As all the other nations we have a right of self defence

  • Roger Dane

    Israel and her people are battle hardened. America’s population, sans the small percentage that have served their Country with Honor and Ability, have NO idea what is coming. If (!) terror arrives in the US on a daily basis (as has been Israel’s situation for years) then perhaps the fiber of America will toughen and we will “see” and “hear” the evil behind such acts… but until then Americans will play their games, listen to their headsets, cavort as children, elect fools into office and lose the footing and esteem “better citizens” died to provide!

    • EarlyBird

      Don't you dare bad-mouth Americans because we are not constantly on red alert for acts of terror.

      The biggest risk to bringing terror to the US on a daily basis in the way Israel experiences, is if we do stupid things in response to terror abroad, including treating Israel as a 51st state.

      • stern

        ah yes, another in the “blame Israel” brigade. Must have escaped your attention that Osama bin Laden was a latecomer to the “it’s all Israel’s fault” cheerleading squad. He was first and foremost anti-US because you dared to put US boots on holy Saudi Arabian soil. The simple fact that seems to elude you and your cohorts is that jihad/terrorism/Islamism/whatever you want to call it, HATES YOU for the simple reason that you are an infidel. Your very existence is what brings the risk of terror to the US on a daily basis. Better get used to it, though, ’cause it ain’t going away anytime soon, unless the US decides to make it go away – and we all know what the chances are of that happening.

        • EarlyBird

          I didnt blame Israel for anything. I am letting Roger Dane know that it is a blessing Americans don't need to be as constantly fearful of terrorist acts as the Israelis must be. (And I surely doubt he's truly as tighly wrapped on the issue as he pretends.)

          He seems upset with Americans that we aren't obsessed with terrorists everywhere. He needs to get a grip.

          • Drakken

            Your lack of attention to islamic jihadist is what gets people killed because complacency kills and no doubt the mind set of you libs is that it can never happen again.

          • EarlyBird

            For you, anything short of nuking Mecca is "complacency." Our leaders live in the real world and have to make decisions based on risk assessment, cost/benefit and in relation to the laws of gravity. Life is not a video game, Rambo.

          • Drakken

            They bloody well live in fantasy land as you, the idiots of the state dept think that they can make a deal with these savages. This is not going to end well for anybody. Nice reference to vidoe games there Sparky, as I am sure you play xbox all the time and know what your talking about, too funny!

          • Mary Sue

            The Leaders are playing the wrong games. They play Conflict Resolution, which is useless against absolutist genocidal radicals.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Your leaders are busy empowering Jihadis throughout the islamopithecine world. Entire swaths of the S hole have gone sharia.

          • elki

            It's time to wake up and smell the coffee. They have built a mosque in every community in the US, and they are whispering in them. .'What' do you think? Love of America?, No, how to take and cover US with Islam. That is terror from the inside. This is the cover and distraction for the lefties trying to push their socialism upon us and stealing all the money from hard working Americans

          • EarlyBird

            Who is the "they" that "have built mosques? Alien space invaders? No, Muslim AMERICANS. Last time I heard, our freedom of religion was still part of the US Constitution. The Constitution is not some quaint reference guide for the majority, but a set of sacred rules that are even more important to follow when we are under stress as a nation.

            There was a time when Catholics were hated and feared. Luckily, our values trumped.

            (Now, this Republican is ready to be tarred here as a "radical Islamist loving naive lefty America hater" or some such nonsense.)

          • Drakken

            Your reference to the catholics doesn't make any sense whatsoever, the Catholics didn't try to kill folks, the muslims do on a daily basis, so nice try at moral equililancy when there is none. Our Constitution is not a suicide pact with an enemy culture and a religion that seeks to dominate.

          • EarlyBird

            American Muslims don't try to kill people every day. Nice attempted dodge, though.

          • AnOrdinaryMan

            "I didn't blame Israel for anything." Well, yes you did. What does "treating Israel as a 51st state" mean? That the U.S. shouldn't treat Israel as an ally? Explain this phrase.

          • EarlyBird

            I am an American and I want American foreign policy to focus on American interests. I am tired of having to clear our foreign policy through the Knesset.

            The Israel First lobby is far too strong in America. They are putting Hagel currently through a show trial. 90% of all questions directed at him via Israel's proxies like McCain and Graham have been about Israel and Iran, rather than about our troops in Afghanistan, or the rise of China, or N. Korea, etc. AS IF an American Sec of Def's first priority shouldn't be our troops in the field, or how to get out of Afghanistan the best way possible.

            The US Sec of Def works for America, not Israel. Get it?

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        EarlyTurd,

        Every airport in the world is on alert at checkpoints to filter out your pals and prevent another 9/11, Pan Am 103, underwear/sneaker bombers.

        Happy Eternal Nakba!

      • http://FRONTPAGEMAG barakis abamadus

        Terror is not based upon our actions to terror. Its not based upon our actions what so ever. It is however based upon their actions against some other entity. Such as ISRAEL or EUROPE or their own people. Grow up and learn.

        • EarlyBird

          Terrorists must be destroyed. But in the process we can create more terrorists and do the Islamists' PR for them by, for instance, jumping into every hot zone where we find terrorists with huge amounts of troops, and thinking that we can and should try to control every outcome everywhere. Like most everyone on this website believe we must.

          Terrorists need to be hunted down with intelligence, drones, Special Forces using lethal and surgical strikes. And we need to continue with the excellent domestic police work we've been enjoying since 9/11.

          • Ar'nun

            So as you seem to walk back from your initial comment, tell us how the Israel as the 51state line fits in?

            Yes, we should be fighting terrorists by all means at our disposal where ever they may be. What we shouldn't be doing is Nation Building, C.O.I.N. , or trying to win hearts and minds. If our actions lead to high recruitment for our enemies, then we should celebrate the opportunity to destroy more Radical Fundementalists instead of letting those on the fence live in the shadows just so they will become violent later on.

          • EarlyBird

            "…tell us how the Israel as the 51state line fits in?"

            Dane takes Americans to task for not feeling the same terror as citizens of Tel Aviv. I'm tired of the notion that a good, patriotic American must feel welded to Israel. They are an important ally, not a US state. Pro-Israeli sentiment has become a litmus test of decency on the right, and I deeply resent that.

            "…What we shouldn't be doing is Nation Building, C.O.I.N. , or trying to win hearts and minds…"

            Exactly. And those were grandiose neo-conservative schemes – not "leftist" ones – to remake the Middle East after 9/11 that have us in Iraq and (still) Afghanistan and led to the instability of the Arab Spring. Bush himself said he wanted Iraq to spark spontaneous grass roots movement across the Arab world. Well here we are.

          • EarlyBird

            "… to destroy more Radical Fundementalists instead of letting those on the fence live in the shadows just so they will become violent later on."

            We need to defend ourselves and use offense where necessary, but we must understand that every action has the ability to sow generations' more hatred towards us. Not every 1.6 billion Muslims in the world are our blood sworn enemies.

            I don't know about you, but I don't relish Endless War, and would prefer to contain these idiots as best as possible untiil their societies grow up. We held off Mao and Stalin for 50 years.

          • Drakken

            It has escaped your notice again that Israel is on the front lines against muslim aggression. When you eliminate enough muslim jihadist they fear you as they should, for the muslim understands and respects the mailed fist.

          • EarlyBird

            It hasn't escaped my attention at all. What may have escaped yours is that Israel is about 6,000 miles away from the US.

            Where we must slam our "mailed fist," let's do so. But let's not pick unnecessary and counter-productive fights everywhere we find a psychotic Muslim, or we'll undo our Republic in the very way bin Laden wanted, by bleeding us bit by bit. That's how great nations become has-beens. As our resident historian, I'm sure you're aware of that.

          • Drakken

            The way your hero Comrade Obummer and company are spending money it won't be war that will hurt us, it will be your heros on the left.

          • EarlyBird

            Folks on this board refuse to even acknowledge the financial, military, strategic, diplomatic and moral disaster that was W's neo-"conservative" (read "radical") foreign policy in Iraq and Afghanistan, and in fact just want to continue to rampage around the Muslim world for God and country.

            A Republican president can fritter away 1 TRILLION dollars on counter-productive wars and it doesn't even register. The right, in its current state, is incapable of self-reflection or self-correction, hence, the American voter doesn't take them seriously. That's why the left is going to continue to win, by default, until the right hits bottom and gets on the wagon.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Saudi Arabia is 6,000 miles away and 15 of the 19 islamofascist terrorists of 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.

          • EarlyBird

            And our military, intelligence, and most of all, police, have done an outstanding job keeping us safe since then, haven't they? Or has there been another 9/11 sized attack in the US that I'm not aware of?

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Containment fantasies allowed 911 and most every other muslim terrorist attack against America. The1.6 billion muslim count is over by .8 billion. Your trolling is exceptionally unoriginal.

          • EarlyBird

            No, we did nothing to "contain" terrorism prior to 9/11. We were wide open security-wise. And we were still paying off the tyrants we preferred to keep the tryants we feared, down.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            You are trying to slip in more lies when nobody is checking so you can score troll points with whatever moronic website pays you to fail so miserably. Muslim terrorism was considered something that happened "over there" by your mob and burying our heads in the sand was your idea of a solution. ALL of the fools on the left (that is all of the left) thought terrorism could be contained in the "Middle East." America paid (foolishly at times) to keep jihadis from taking over countries. Fear had nothing to do with it as NO American fears any sweaty little islamopithecine potentate and terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda inspire only rage and contempt. The same feelings decent Americans have for leftist alliess of jihad like you.

          • Mary Sue

            That's just an excuse. The whole "creating more terrorists" is a simplistic red herring.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Using the same socialist FAKE "anti-war" thinking, the US should not have fought national socialist germany because doing so would create more national socialists.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Way to pound that straw man. You regurgitate jihadist dogma when you claim America is capable of "creating more terrorists."

            Hunt down the terrorists like the ones responsible for the Benghazi attack? How is that working out? And how can drones and special forces take out Hezb' Allah
            , Hamas, Al Qaeda, the mullahs in Iran, Northern Mauritania, et al?

            Treating a global jihadist war as a police problem is one of the idiotic mistakes that allowed 911 to happen and continues to empower that jihad.

          • EarlyBird

            Do you deny that actions – any actions including necessary ones – have consequences? Terrorists are not automatons, they are real, live human beings who choose to commit evil. They are not "forced" to do their evil, or "created" by US policy. But if you think that they "hate us for our freedom," or "hate us because we're infidels," you're fooling yourself, or at least missing the point.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            More straw man nonsense from FPM's pet troll. Your islamopithecine allies have been waging jihad against the world since islam's inception 1400 years ago and would continue to do so if America and Israel surrendered first thing tomorrow morning. They absolutely do hate us because we are "infidels," as Muhammad swore, the koran and hadiths attest and every terrorist with a mouth to breath through exclaims at every opportunity. Jihad is islam's core tenet and it commands every islamopithecine to wage war on infidels until they submit or are killed. You're SPECIAL, aren't you?

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Way to pound that straw man. You regurgitate jihadist dogma when you claim America is capable of "creating more terrorists."

      • Walt

        Why would we NOT be on 'red alert for acts of terror'? How many times do we need to relive 9/11/01? I believe we have seen and experienced quite enough of the Islamist mind set to make us ever cautious. If you believe they are through with their assaults against the U.S. and our interests throughout the world, you had better get some help in the 'common sense' department!

        • EarlyBird

          When I write "on red alert," I surely don't refer to our security agencies, intelligence community and military's "red alert" – that's their job. I'm saying that we as people should not be getting ulcers all day worrying that something is going to blow up any second, or that every ragtag Muslim nutjob some place is an existenial threat. Hysteria does not help us make intelligent decisions.

          This entire website is a propaganda machine intended to whip us into constant hysteria, mostly in order to assist Israel in its foreign policy goals, i.e., to have the US get into another war, this time to wipe out Iran. Whatever we do as a country should be done calmly, with a clear understanding of the upsides, downsides and pros and cons (like conservatives used to approach problems).

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Ah, the false Conservatives as scaremongers meme. Old and tired, just like you.

    • Ghostwriter

      Unfortunately,EarlyBirdbrain,the Israelis are no stranger to terrorism. They've been attacked every single day simply because they exist. You side with those who want to destroy Israel. What you don't realize is that after they're done with Israel,they'll come for US next. Think about that before you make another witless comment.

  • Abdul Razaq

    Gen 12:3
    3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
    (NIV)

  • mickeyobe

    Netanyahu has more integrity and more wisdom and more courage than all the so-called leaders of the western countries put together.

    • Raymond in DC

      Netanyahu did the right thing refusing to participate in the HRC "review process", and did what had to be done re the threat from Syria. So why did he cave on tax payments to the PA? ($100 million was released, though the PA owes Israel some $1.6 Billion.) And why is he turning over so much of the Negev to Bedouin squatters?

  • Big Irish

    great article Daniel as usual…and YES good for Israel!…Israel is there to stay so the muzzies better get use to it…looking for obama (pbuh) for any support?…not a chance in hell – obama hates Israel and his words and actions have proven that beyond a shadow of a doubt….God Bless Israel.

  • BLJ

    Go Israel! I wish we had a President who liked you. But alas, we have a Muslim usurper in the WH.

  • Doc

    I pray for the peace of Jerusalem and the strength
    of Isreal !! The One True GOD, is the ‘strength of
    Isreal’. I could say much more on that subject, but,
    some other time. One could look back at the ‘six day
    war’, If my memory serves me correctly, the ’67′ war
    with egypt, when the Lord sent swarms of bees upon
    the numerically superior number of egyptin tanks
    rolling across the Sinia against Isreal. And the bees
    got in the tanks, and out came the egyptians, then
    Isreais jumped in and turned thier tanks on them !
    Another example; a huge minefield, lain by Isreals’
    enemy was blocking the advance of Isreal, as she
    advanced across t
    he desdert to destroy her enemy,
    THE LORD sent a mighty wind across that minefield,
    realing the mines , allowing Isreal to complete the
    mission. There are many more examples,but I digress
    and tell you that at this minute in the U.S. Senate,
    there is a confirmation hearing on Chuck Hagel

    who is NOT, ABSOLUTELY NOT,no matter what lies
    spews from his mouth. This man has no business being Sec. of
    Defense !! Let us hope and pray the right questions are
    asked revealing his animous toward Isreal, and he is
    utterly REJECTED !! Thats all for now friends.

    and uncovered the mines, allowing Isreal to carryout
    thier mission, unscathed by the minefield. There are so
    many examples of God’s continual mercy upon ‘the
    apple of HIS eye’, HIS ‘Chosen people’ !!!At this moment,
    ‘confirmation hearing’, is taking place in the U.S. Senate,
    to approve of , or reject chuck hagel, a n enemy of Isreal
    as Sec of Defense. Let us all hope and pray the RIGHT
    questions are asked, an

    • Doc

      Please excuse the grammatical errors, as this here
      phone of mine is suffering from ‘swollen battery
      syndrome’. I’ll have a new one very soon !
      Thanks, Doc

  • geneww1938

    These weapons have been brought to the rebels under US sponsorship [via Libya and Turkey]. They then make it appear that the Syrian government is behind giving the arms to anti-Israel enemies so Israel would then attack one of their last benign allies in the world. This is all part of our Muslim's leader to achieve the goals of his faith and the goals of the One World leaders. They must eliminate Israel … but God will have the last word.

    • jimi belton

      Thanks to Mr. Greenfield….Gen@…I totally agree with you….There is a God on the Throne, He does not sleep nor Slumber….A sparrow cannot fall from its nest without our GREAT GOD is Totally aware of all the reasons, effects, distance, etc…..was the sparrow needed to feed another of God`s creatures…I think so…..so where is this GREAT GOD while its little beloved planting, and the apple of His eyes, i speak of ISRAEL…..yes good people He never sleeps nor slumbers, when it comes to His Chosen, and His Adopted, Elect…..meaning the Jew, and the Christian…..Sorry i cannot be PC and lie,. now can I….He is my salvation…and My Rock, and a very near presense in the time of need…Amen….Jimi b

      • jimi belton

        Also may I add an aside…This same GREAT GOD Will only allow 0`bamboo [brain] to go on so far and so long as the Hand of God in its dealing with Israel, …This Sec. of state and defense and CiC will not raise its hand to our GREAT GOD….When the howling mobs of leftis evil screams out its hatrid of true Converted born again Christians, and true Israeli Jews, or the same counterpart in the rest of the world,…..This GREAT GOD, YHWH, will not be snoozing….This is my rock of Gilbrater….Jesus is my Rock, He and the Father are ONE…ISA. 9

  • mcmorrowpc

    I love the smell of Napalm in the morning, especialy when it's dropped by an Israeli jet on their enemies.

  • Indioviejo

    Israel is in the front lines in this long war against Islam. Nobody wants to call it what it is, but the reality on the ground illustrates the point better than all the explanations. Maybe some day we will be an ally to little Israel, if we ever recognize that we are loosing this war and it is an existential threat. In the mean time, and in spite of all the anti-semites in the world, Israel is doing what needs to be done. Good for Bibi and company.

  • JacksonPearson

    “In Any War Between the Civilized Man and the Savage,
    Support the Civilized Man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

    —-Pamela Geller

    • EarlyBird

      That is probably the clearest statement of why we need to support Israel against her enemies. Israel may be an imperfect democracy, but it is faced by perfect barbarians.

      • JacksonPearson

        Exactly. Israel isn't a perfectly clean democracy, nor are they clean as whistles. But in the end, they're God's chosen people, and he'll be there for them.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          Fortunately for the World when the enemies of God move on Jerusalem evil will
          be deep sixed and the Jihadists will become a vapor and forgotten…………William

          • JacksonPearson

            That day may be closer than we think.

      • Drakken

        There is a God, it is one of the few things that you have stated that has made any sense, good for you, there is hope after all.

  • M. Archer

    We often say and mean, with all our heart, that we must pray for the peace of Jerusalem; but the follies of the world bullies are going to bring a discipline upon them that will cause us all to repent. The hubris of arogance prevents the enemies of Israel from recognising how close they are to the fire. Pray that our Congress wakes up before we too are left to our record of support for the "apple of His eye".

  • Winston

    Retaliation by Syria against Israel just may mean the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy where Damascus will be nothing but a heap of unihabitable ashes.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Isaiah 17:1, nothing ambiguous there, Damascus is doomed and it is happening now.
      William

  • EarlyBird

    Actually a decent piece from Greenfield, but because he is a liar and a hack he needs to spoil it with this bit of slander:

    "The message out of Syria is that Israel reserves the right to defend itself against weapons of mass destruction and that it reserves the right to do so even in the face of opposition from Obama and the international community."

    Obama has REPEATEDLY stood up for Israel's right to self defense, including during the latest round of Hamas rocket attacks.

    Paranoia, fear, hatred.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Happy ETERNAL NAKBA!

      May all your Jihads turn into Nakbas!

      May all your Jihadis suffer "workplace accidents"!

    • stern

      "Obama has REPEATEDLY stood up for Israel's right to self defense" — yeah, sure. As long as that doesn't include stopping Iranian nuclearization, finally putting an end to Hamas or Hezbollah rockets being fired into Israel, building a security barrier to stop terrorists, building homes for Jews in strategic areas, holding onto land that would be deadly in enemy hands (even though land swaps are offered), keeping its capital city unified to prevent the influx of millions of enemies into Israel … I could go on, but others will get the picture (I hold out no hope that you will. You are blinded by your loyalty to Obama).

      • EarlyBird

        Stern,

        You are blindly by your antipathy to Obama.

        Obama has put together a brutal international sanctions regime against Iran, one step short of a true war-time blockade, and has never taken military action off the table. Just because he and Bibi disagree that we need to launch another war NOW doesn't mean he's Israel's enemy.

        US-Israeli intelligence cooperation has never been stronger.

        Here's Obama's statement passionately defending Israel's right to defend against Hamas rocket attacks:
        http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/11/200551.h

        Obama had nothing to do (or not do) with Israel's security fence. And he is no different from any other previous US president in regard to his dislike of continuing to build settlements on disputed lands.

        You've been poisoned to believe that he is anti-Israel just because he isn't a lapdog of Bibi.

        • stern

          Nope. I've been poisoned to Obama by his actions, his statements and his inaction. Unlike some, I have the intelligence to see what a man does and am not lulled into complacency by what he says. For example, he was dragged screaming into imposing those sanctions on Iran. He has supported the Muslim Brotherhood and his administration continues to say that the MB is moderate.

          As for US- Israeli intelligence cooperation – if your claim is true, why is Pollard still in jail for passing onto Israel information that should have been passed on anyway?

          • EarlyBird

            Well, Israel is a separate country and not part of America. And Pollard was treasonous for selling US secrets to a foreign country. And why single out Obama for not wanting to release Pollard, when all his recent predecessors had the same policy?

            What "actions" – specifically – has Obama done to make you think he's so anti-Israel? Really, please inform me. Because he hasn't agreed to go along with an Israeli strike on Iran yet? That he hasn't declared war on Egypt yet?

            People just dream s**t up on this board and don't even bother to support it. As if everything is so self-evident.

          • stern

            Couldn't stay away, eh Flipside. We didn't miss you.

          • EarlyBird

            In other words, you don't even have an answer as to your ridiculous notions about Obama.

        • Drakken

          The problem lies with the fact that you believe everything coming out of Comrade Obummers mouth, and yet you continue to lie to yourself about what he does, it's called sleigh of hand and Comrade Obummer is very good at it.

        • Ziggy Zoggy

          GirlyBird, Obama's brutal sanctions have only strengthened the mullah's grip on power while harming the ordinary citizens he is persecuting. Brutal indeed. You did not address Stern's facts at all, much less refute them. You are a buffoon.

          • EarlyBird

            Wrong again. You're wrong because you don't care to get real information, and just absorb nonsense from this site, Fox, Newsmax and other propaganda sites.

            Even the Iranian business class are openly complaining about the effect the sanctions are having on the economy, and are blaming the Iranian government, not Obama and his sanctions regime, for it. Iran, oil rich, now even has to import its own oil.

    • A 23 Year Old Man

      @Earlybird, where have you been the last 4 years? Does the word "betrayal" mean anything to you? Imagine if America had sent Germany 100 military tanks just before they attacked France. If the actions of our Dear Leader don't upset you, nothing will.

      • EarlyBird

        What's the analogy to sending 100 tanks to Germany?

        That because the moment Morsi was elected president we didn't immediately pull the plug on our multi-billion dollars of annual aide to Egypt? Because we haven't bombed Cairo yet?

        Not even many Republican law makers are demanding that, given how it would even further destabilize Egypt and the whole region, and ultimately empower Israel's enemies. Not everything is so simple in reality. We may very well have to pull the plug on aid and completely divorce ourselve from Egypt. We'll see.

        • Drakken

          Egypt is already destabilized and will contiue to be that way untill the mullahs take over. Giving them our F-16's and top of the line M-1 Abrams tanks is insane.

          • EarlyBird

            Even when Mubarak was President-for-Life, it was always the military that had the real power, not just militarily but economically. They are the country's elite, and own something like nearly half of the Egyptian economy, and of course are wholly corrupt.

            Morsi is not fully calling the shots. The military is, and they are no more interested in starting a shooting war with Israel or anyone else that would hurt business now that Morsi is in, than they were when Mubarak was in. Sharia law would hurt their interests just as badly.

            Given the on-going anti-Islamist turmoil happening, I expect Morsi has a very short shelf life and we'll see a military coup by the end of this year.

          • Drakken

            The Egyptian military is corupt, but they kept the islamist at bay since Sadat, Morsi sacked the secular Generals and Intelligence agencies and put islamist in their place, if a coup comes it will be from the forcably retired Generals to make it happen.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            No sniveling pettifoggery left to regurgitate, GirlyBird?

          • EarlyBird

            "The Egyptian military is corupt, but they kept the islamist at bay since Sadat, Morsi sacked the secular Generals and Intelligence agencies and put islamist in their place, if a coup comes it will be from the forcably retired Generals to make it happen."

            Drakken, you and I actually agree on something for once. The military will continue to keep the Islamists at bay, because they are in direct opposition to their interests, which are economic.

        • reader

          To he who has eyes, ears, brain and intellectual honesty, it's not complicated. Obama has endorsed muslim brotherhood and threw Mubarak under the bus, when in Cairo right off the bat. By design, for he is surrounded by muslim brotherhood shills. Muslim brotherhood is essentially and explicitly genocidal organization, particulalry declaring extermination of the Jews as its goal. Morsi himself made statements that would make your regular two-bit nazi blush. Obama has the power to pull the plug on this genosidal bunch, but he wouldn't do it. On the contrary, he keeps embracing it as a success of his foreign policy, even though it is a mess by any objective measure. So, if Obama is not delusional, this mess is what he wants.

          • EarlyBird

            He didn't endorse anything about the Muslim Brotherhood but the fact that they were elected by the Egyptian people, which they were. He didn't throw Mubarak – a tyrant if you weren't aware – under the bus; the people of Egypt overthrew him.

            What should any US president have done in light of mass, months' long demonstrations of people demanding freedom and free elections, while our ally, Mubarak, had his henchmen murder, beat, jail and torture them? Are we the USA or the USSR?

            The only criticism I have for Obama over the whole event is that he was too careful for too long and didn't stand up for the protestors early enough.

          • BLJ

            Obama is a muslim and has Muslim Brotherhood friends. He is also a pawn of that Jewish hating Nazi George Soros.

            Game……..set…….match.

          • EarlyBird

            Yeah, and he eats Jewish babies in the basement of the White House. And your television can read your thoughts. Go away BLowJob.

          • RedWhiteAndJew

            More projection. It a leftist trait.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Projection is a leftist standard, and GirlyBird is as conformist as they come.

          • EarlyBird

            Correction: it felt like "months" but it was only after 18 days of convulsion amongst Egyptians that the Egyptian military unseated Mubarak.

          • reader

            Except that he endorsed the muslim brotherhood before they were "elected," of course. And, since you mentioned the USSR, the media in this country is a hair away from being Brezhnev TV back in the day.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            You have read many times at this site how Bonobo Hussein Obama helped oust Mubarak and install the Muslim Brotherhood. You are lying very poorly.

    • Drakken

      Just when I thought there was a little hope for you, you blow it with complete utter tosh and BS.

    • Mary Sue

      Obama's actions speak louder than his words. EG: appointing Chucky "I'll take Iran Over Israel Any Day" Hagel.

  • fanlad

    The true narrative is that this U.S. administration set the so called arab spring and the subsequential Islamist winter into full motion in this region of the world, better know as the obama doctrine. God speed Israel.

    • EarlyBird

      Actually, it was right out of the neo-con playbook. The belief was that the Arab world was ripe for democracy and just needed a little "push" like the invasion of Iraq by America, to see an example.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Egypt, 5,000 years old, only now getting around with experimenting with Democracy.

        So far the experiment is a bloody failure.

        Do you want to look at Syria too?

        • EarlyBird

          Wrong again, nutjob. They were "experimenting with democracy" throughout the '20s, '30s and '40s.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            Egypt was not a country in the 20s, 30s and most of the 40s and Nasser was no Democrat, you hopeless ignoramus.

          • Drakken

            Your understanding of revionist history is absolutely mindboggling in coming to the wrong conclusions.

  • marios

    MSM succeded in brainwashing liberals. Poor EarlyBird. Obama's Cairo speech triggered ME radicalization named by controlled by Dem's party/soci..lists(neocommies in reality ) MSM as "arabs spring". As it is in book of Orwell "War is peace…". Viva Israel! If we have such Pres. as Bibi…

    • EarlyBird

      Geez man, you don't even attempt to counter argue, do you? "obamamarxistcommieliberalterroristsislamistbinladenlovinglefty…" Doesn't that s**t get boring?

      THINK man! I'm a conservative, horrified by the idiots like you who have taken over. That's why I'm here.

      • Mary Sue

        I dunno, looks to me like you're doing a whole lot of 'concern trolling'.

        O is a marxist; this is indisputable.

        • RedWhiteAndJew

          The tactic is to tell an obvious lie repeatedly, until the audience grows numb and begins to accept it.

          Too bad for the likes of our concern troll, for some, Never Again means just that.

          • Ziggy Zoggy

            GirlyBird, what is your idea of conservative? Only burning American flags on Independence Day? Only bowing to Obama daily? Only cruising local park bathrooms on weekends?

  • pyeatte

    Israel must hit when it is in their best interests, and this was one of those times.

  • John Kelly

    Well done Israel you are an inspiration to all who cherish freedom & the truth.

    • WilliamJamesWard

      Hopefully Israel will set a good example for Americans, it is about time and what we
      have in Washington is purely scorn for freedom and truth………….Regards John,
      William

  • Ghostwriter

    What people like EarlyBirdbrain doesn't understand is that the Israelis are pro-American,most of the Middle East is anti-American and always has been. For me,the choice is clear. I support Israel,even if President Obama DOESN'T.

    • Thomas_h

      And I would support Israel even if Obama did.

  • HJM

    Israel is a tiny country and aircraft or rockets from neighbors would arrive within minutes after launch. There is no other choice but to bring the fight to the home of the enemy.

  • HAL

    This is a good example of proportionality….Using appropriate force to stop a threat. Proportionality is not tit for tat as the left wing controlled media would have u believe. Israel does need to incur causalities before action. Maybe next time they will bomb those that threaten to fire rockets into Israel before they actually fire them into Israel.

  • ProTruth

    Looks like the worm got earlybird.

  • Truth Warrior

    Don't look for support from American Jews. I always thought that American Jews were Jews first and everything else followed. If anyone has the time, speak to them. They are left wing democraps first and will support any fool that runs for office on the demon ticket, no matter what their positions are. Anti-Israel? Thats OK. As one Jew told me when I questioned obummers moves against Israel, " Hey I don't live there, I live in the U.S.. What pathetic fools they are.

    • EarlyBird

      There are plenty of American Jews who consider themselves Jews first, Americans second, but to say they're all on the left is ridiculous. What do you think this entire Front Page Magazine is made up of, Democrats? They are right wing American Jews, dyed in the wool Republicans.

      I call these people Israel Firsters. Wake up, man. The Israel First lobby is made of right wing necons who want the US to do Israel's foreign policy bidding. They want us to believe that our interests are absolutely identical to Israel's and they are not.

  • GAguilar

    What silliness!

    Israel supported the murderous dictator Mubarak for decade, (just as it strongly urged the USA to attack Iraq in 2003 to eliminate Saddam’s chimerical WMDs). When it was clear Mubaradk was going to go no matter how strongly the USA and Israel wanted the murderer to stay on Egypt’s “throne,”, Israel threw its support for a replacement to Omar Suleiman, who just happened to run Mubarak’s torture chambers and death squads. Principled Jews know this and are aghast at what Israel’s allowed itself to become – a military-industrial and a pariah state.

    And on Syria’s “WMDs,” all one needs to read to see how “Iraq-like” this whole deceitful war business is are the following:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/blogs/george-washington

    U.S. and British Intelligence Officials Admit they Don’t Know Whether the Syrian Government Or Rebels Used Chemical Weapons. http://www.zerohedge.com/blogs/george-washington

    Obama Administration Copies Bush’s Sidelining of Weapons Inspectors In Iraq

    http://www.zerohedge.com/contributed/2013-08-28/obama-administration-copies-bush%E2%80%99s-sidelining-weapons-inspectors-iraq