US Secretary of Defense James Mattis stressed that Israel takes “sovereign decisions” regarding the attacks on Syria. The day before there were reports of a missile attack on Tel Aviv territory of the UAR. As a result, in particular, the objects controlled by the pro-Iranian formations suffered. Experts attribute this operation to a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. According to political scientists, everything indicates that Tel Aviv is ready to take drastic measures to limit the growing influence of Tehran in the region.
On the night of April 30, the positions of the Syrian Arab Army in the vicinity of the cities of Aleppo and Hama were rocketed. According to Sky News Arabia, the attacks were not only against Syrian government positions, but also against the base of Damascus allies – pro-Iranian armed formations. Later, reports stated that Israel was behind this operation, but the IDF abstained from commenting.
Away on Monday, 30 The devastations followed were significant – with reference to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the Israeli edition of Ha’aretz reported an earthquake measuring 2,6 in the vicinity of the bombed ammunition depot in Hama.
At the same time, information about the death of 18 Iranian advisers was not confirmed. Nevertheless, Tehran warned Tel Aviv about its readiness to respond to Israeli military attacks on Iranian facilities in the UAR. This was announced on April 30 by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
“Now for each blow you get retaliatory strikes,” Khamenei quotes the TV channel Al Manar.
The morning after the launch of missile strikes Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made accusations against the Iranian authorities. The politician said that Tehran allegedly concealed documents containing technical developments in the sphere of nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu believes that after the conclusion of the nuclear deal in 2015, Tehran began actively to hide its archives, and in 2017 these documents were moved to a “particularly secret place” in the Iranian capital.
Israeli intelligence allegedly gained access to these archives and now has hundreds of thousands of secret documents, which, according to Tel Aviv, indicate that the authorities of an Islamic republic are deceiving the parties to the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program. These accusations were immediately supported by Washington. As stated in the White House, the American side has long been aware that Iran violates the terms of the deal.
Tehran has already rejected Israel’s accusations, and the IAEA stressed that the organization did not record signs of the development of a nuclear bomb in Iran after 2009.
Recall that in 2015 Tehran concluded a deal with the countries of the “Six” (the United States, Russia, Great Britain, France, China and Germany) (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), under which the Iranian authorities pledged not to develop nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions. Donald Trump, who replaced Barack Obama in the US presidential chair, demands to change the terms of the deal by dissolving previous agreements with Iran.
“The accusations that sound against Iran are part of the propaganda preparations for the war, they must prepare the information ground for a possible attack on Iranian positions,” said Semyon Baghdasarov, head of the Middle East and Central Asia Study Center.
“In addition, Tel Aviv still hopes to win over the US and, possibly, some Middle Eastern countries, for example Saudi Arabia.”
It should be noted that the Israeli authorities accused not only Iran of plans to build nuclear weapons. According to them, in the early 2000s, Syria was engaged in its own development in this area, and the Israeli side suppressed these attempts by bombing the “secret” government facility in the province of Deir ez-Zor. The operation, codenamed “Fruit Garden”, was conducted by the Israeli Air Force in 2007.
In this case, according to most experts, Israel itself has nuclear weapons. The Israeli authorities do not confirm this fact, but they do not deny it either. At the same time, Tel Aviv did not join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
“Israel was accused of secret purchases and theft of nuclear materials in other countries – the United States, Britain, France, Germany,” the materials published on the website of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Russia said. Presumably, Tel Aviv can have from now 100 to 200 nuclear warheads.
According to experts, the possible nuclear status of Israel is only making the already very difficult situation in the region more confusing and complicating.
In turn, Washington hastened to declare the lack of coordination of Israeli military attacks on the territory of Syria with the US Armed Forces. The head of the Pentagon, James Matthies, speaking at a press conference, said that the Pentagon does not influence the decisions taken by the Israeli authorities to conduct military operations in the Syria.
“Israel is making its own sovereign decisions, and I do not see that we, frankly, played a role in the adoption of these decisions,” the defense minister said, responding to journalists’ questions. The Pentagon believes that Israel responds to the threat from Iranian and pro-Iranian puppet forces advancing towards the Israeli border through Syria.
The US side “closely watches” Tehran’s actions, but the US military did not take part in the missile strike that Israel inflicted on the territory of the Syria, Mattis said.
“James Mattis is an experienced military man, and he understands that one should not take on other people’s sins. If Israel does not really coordinate its attacks with the US, acting according to its plan, then such a reaction of the Pentagon is quite logical, “Semyon Bagdasarov explained in an interview with RT.
Recall that Syria and Israel are officially at war – the countries fought against each other in three major armed conflicts throughout the 20th century, and peace between Damascus and Tel Aviv was never concluded. The Syrian authorities do not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel, in turn, considers the Syrian and Iranian regimes hostile.
There is also a territorial dispute between the two countries: following the Six-Day War in 1967, the Golan Heights crossed the control of Israel, a fertile region formerly included in the Syrian province of Kuneitra. Damascus considers them its territory.
During the armed conflict in the territory of the SAR, the Israeli military systematically inflicts air and missile strikes on Syrian government positions. For example, a major attack was carried out by the Israeli Air Force in Syria on February 10, 2018 – then the Israeli side even announced the possible destruction of half of the Syrian air defense.