Israeli warplanes have entered Syria and flown over the Presidential Palace in Latakia.
Syrian air defences fired at the jets.
It comes after an Israeli soldier was kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Without a shred of evidence that Damascus even had knowledge of the snatch, Israel has taken agressive action against Syria. Even Israel doesn’t know who took their soldier.
The fact that they ‘buzzed’ the palace, and took no further action, underlines the fact that Israel isn’t sure who is behind the kidnapping, who is to blame, or who can be attacked. So why not find a handy scapegoat.
Syria and Israel have had a thirty-year long de facto truce, but behaviour like this threatens to destroy that.
In 2003 Israeli jets did the same, smashing windows. A few months later, they bombed a suburb of Damascus.
Lebanon, which is often the victim of Israeli ‘buzzing’ operations over its cities has criticised the attack on Syria. Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said: “This action is condemned. We condemn violation of any Arab country’s airspace.”
AP copy headlines this story as “Syria fires on Israeli jets” – why is the world’s news agency (the Associated Press) framing Syria as the agressor when Israel has invaded Syrian airspace?