Israeli War Minister Threatens Syria
by Stephen Lendman
Let's see if I've got this straight. Israel reserves the right to attack Syria preemptively at its discretion for any reason any time - a flagrant international law violation.
If Syria responds defensively, its universally acknowledged right, Israel threatens greater aggression.
Its ultranationalist, lunatic fringe war minister Avigdor Lieberman said "(t)he next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes, we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation."
In other words, if Syria exercises its right of self-defense in response to an Israeli attack on its territory, the IDF will unleash greater aggression than before.
The world community so far is silent in the face of Israel's announced intention to violate international laws governing warfare, besides numerous previous breaches against Gaza, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq, along with subversion against Iran and other nations.
Israeli warplanes preemptively attacked targets in Syria numerous times since Obama launched war in March 2011 - on the pretext of destroying weapons it claims are intended for Hezbollah, no credible evidence proving it, no justification whatever for attacking a nonbelligerent nation for any reason, the gravest high crime against peace.
Lieberman lied, saying "(o)ur central problem, and this above and beyond all of the other issues, is the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon."
"Every time we identify a transfer like this, we will work to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons. On this issue there will not be any compromise."
Israel's only threats are ones it invents - to wage war on Palestine, as well as partner with Washington's regional conflicts.
Overnight last Thursday, its warplanes terror-bombed several targets in Syria. A Syrian army statement said targets near Palmyra were struck to help "ISIS terrorist gangs and in a desperate attempt to raise their deteriorating morale and divert attention away from the victories which Syrian Arab Army is making in the face of terrorist" fighters.
Unlike previous incidents, they were counted by anti-aircraft surface-to-air (SAM) missiles.
Syria said four Israeli warplanes illegally entered its airspace, one downed over "occupied ground," another damaged.
Israel denied it, saying its warplanes returned safely. Perhaps not, given Lieberman's anti-Syria rage.
Peace and stability are anathema to the imperial agendas of Israel and America. They represent humanity's greatest threat.
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