ISRAEL THREATENED LEBANON AND THE SYRIAN REGIME


04/07/2017




İlknur Şebnem Öztemel-TDO-04.07.2017- Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Israel’s northern neighbors, Lebanon and the Syrian regime, against testing his government’s patience because of numerous cases of spillover fire from Syria.

Lieberman stated that while Israel maintains its policy to avoid the chaos of six years long Syrian Civil War, they have no tolerance to any breaches of territorial integrity of Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, during a briefing at the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv, he said "We have no intention of entering any conflict but I advise our neighbors not to test us”. He added "We will not tolerate any spill over into our territory."

Also, he acknowledged the retaliatory power of Israeli Army and worded that Syria and Lebanon already know that it is not a good idea to test Israel's military strength.

Moreover, Lieberman pointed out that Israel is ready to support a peace process in Syria unless it involves Iran, Hezbollah or Assad. Lieberman told reporters as "Keeping Assad in power is not in our security interests".

These countries have not a positive background of bilateral relations. Israel and Syria fought three major wars, the 1948 Arab Israeli War, the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Both countries were later also involved in the Lebanese Civil War and the 1982 Lebanon War. From the beginning of the Syrian Crisis Israel tried to follow news about it carefully but avoided to have direct interference to it. Nevertheless, due to some ‘’ intended or unintended’’ missile attacks tensions increased.  The first incident took place on 30 January 2013, when Israeli aircraft were accused of allegedly striking a Syrian convoy transporting Iranian weapons to Hezbollah. Most recently, on 24 June 2017, Israel launched strikes on Syrian military positions close to the two countries' disputed border in the Golan Heights as a response to alleged 10 projectiles fired into Israel from Syrian territory.

It is argued that Israel is persisting an illicit war against the Syrian regime, Shiite’s controlled by the Iranian regime and Hezbollah. In my point of view, it is impossible for Israel not to intervene in such crisis in which from European countries to USA, from Russia to even China, try to shape it in accordance with their national interests. 


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