The Syrian regime accused Israel on Thursday of bombing a military site. Another element to an already very complicated conflict.
The war in Syria is a scattered one. With ISIS, the Iraqi army, the Syrian army, Turkey support, the Kurdish Peshmerga and Russian troops involved, the US decided to make it a bit more complicated a while ago by backing some of the groups. Having to decide, as the French say, between lepers and the plague, the US decided it would be better to give support to the Kurdish Peshmerga logistically and the Iraqi army strategically.
All this of course leads to a very complicated battlefield with different factions fighting each other. There is just one party you need to have staying away from all this as it would really set things on fire: Israel.
And it just so happened this morning that Israel decided to join in. According to Syrian authorities, Israeli jets bombed a military site known in the West for the production of chemical weapons and, important to Israel, as a producer and provider of missiles to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
This is not the first time that Israel has struck weapons convoys heading for Lebanon carrying Syrian made arms which are to be delivered to Hezbollah. It is the first time though that Israel has decided to strike at a Syrian military site immediately.
Israel has been watching very nervously on the sideline in the recent years as the tide of the Syrian war appears to be shifting ever more in the favour of Assad, the Syrian dictator, and this of Iran and Hezbollah, his financial backers.
During a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu stated that Israel would be ready to act on their own if no one put a stop to Iranian influence in Syria.
The Washington Post newspaper reported that the US administration confirmed the Israeli strike, but was not ready to comment on it.
The former chief of Israeli Intelligence reacted on Twitter to the news: “Now it’s important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response and even opposition from Russia,”
Let’s wait and see what comes next.