Heating Up? More Syrian War Spillover Has Israel Threatening Stronger Response

Syrian Representative Addresses Human Rights Council. Illustrative. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

For the second time in as many days, Israel was hit on Saturday with what was apparently errant fire from the Syrian civil war. But after dealing with numerous similar incidents since the Syrian conflict began, Israel has had more than enough. After retaliating to the latest attack on Saturday by striking Syrian artillery, the Israeli military threatened the next response would be even stronger.

“Whether errant fire or not, any future occurrences will force the IDF to intensify its response,” said the IDF Spokesperson in a post to Twitter. The latest attack, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Twitter page, involved five projectiles fired from Syria at the Golan Heights region in Israel. The IDF struck three Syrian artillery cannons in response.

“The IDF holds the Syrian regime responsible & won’t tolerate any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty or threaten Israeli civilians’ safety,” tweeted the IDF Spokesperson. However, the Israelis aren’t the only ones escalating the situation. The Syrian regime that has massacred tens of thousands of their own people is claiming Israel’s acts of self-defense are actually backing terrorists, and it is complaining to the United Nations and threatening a tough response as well.

According to a post to the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website translated from Arabic by Google Translate, the Syrian regime claimed that Israel’s retaliatory fire is actually “a new episode of collusion” generic viagra jelly between Israel and “armed terrorist groups.”

The post said the regime “renews its warning of the serious repercussions of such repeated acts of aggression.”

The Syrian regime has repeatedly accused all of the rebels battling the government of being terrorist groups. In the meantime, Syria’s government has been found to have used chemical weapons on their own people, as well as other war crimes, in an effort to crush a revolution that originally started as mass protests.

The Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs comments come days after Syrian representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari claimed to the UN Security Council that Israel was backing ISIS, according to a post to Syrian UN mission’s website. In the post, he conveniently left out the facts that ISIS has repeatedly threatened Israel and the Israelis have arrested multiple members of the terrorist group.

Meanwhile, the same day that Israel was forced to deal with spillover attacks from the Syrian conflict, the Syrians announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding for expanded military cooperation with Iran. The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that the arrangement includes cooperation in military technology, military training, and intelligence sharing.

Iran has long been accused of being a major supporter of terrorism in the region, including sponsorship of the Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Palestinian Hamas organization. Both Iran and Syria are archenemies of Israel.

(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, October 22, 2017)

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