Threats

Syria

The Syrian civil war between President Bashar al-Assad and rebel forces, including ISIS, has been ongoing since 2011. Iran, Hezbollah, and Russia are all on the ground in Syria fighting to support the Syrian regime against ISIS and many other rebels. This confluence of several different enemies, some religious radicals and others secular, has produced a muddy conflict with no good possible outcomes. Israel, on Syria’s southern border, has stayed out of the war except for occasional targeted strikes when Israel’s security was threatened, and humanely treating those wounded in the conflict. On February 10, 2018, Iranian forces stationed in Syria invaded Israel’s air space with a drone, provoking Israel to respond by shooting the UAV out of the sky and attacking the vehicle on the ground in Syria operating the drone. During the course of Israel’s counterattack, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles shot down an Israeli F-16 and injured two pilots. The IDF responded by destroying 4 Syrian command posts and 8 Iranian command posts in Syria. This incident showed that Iran and its allies in Syria are spoiling for a fight with Israel.

Operation Good Neighbor

Breaking Down Decades of Barriers: The IDF Helps Wounded Syrians

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Israel has a long history of providing humanitarian aid to civilians in countries all around the world — including Haiti, Africa, Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Mexico, and even the United States. Syria is also included on that list, despite the fact that the two countries have no diplomatic relations and have been in a state of … Read More

The Secret Operation Revealed a Decade Later

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Background and Preparations for the Operation For two years, officials in the Military Intelligence Directorate had been monitoring the Syrian nuclear project. Their intelligence suggested that the facility would become active toward the end of 2007, which prompted the IDF to initiate an attack on the facility. The Israeli Air Force had very little time … Read More

Israeli hospital treats Syrians suffering from emotional trauma

Israeli hospital treats Syrians suffering from emotional trauma

Monday, February 26, 2018

Given the enormous death toll of the ongoing war in Syria, it is easy to overlook—or fail to attribute importance to—the psychological well-being of those who have endured. But the severe trauma faced by so many Syrians has left an entire generation with intangible scars. It is an issue that, somewhat counter-intuitively, Syria’s arch-enemy, Israel, … Read More

Israel launches ‘large-scale’ strikes in Syria after drone infiltration

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Israel’s military attacked 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria on Saturday in a new wave of strikes it described as a ‘large-scale’ attack, following exchanges of fire earlier in the day sparked by an Iranian drone infiltration from Syria. The military called the drone infiltration a “severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty” and … Read More

Syrian refugee baby airlifted to Israel for emergency heart surgery

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A 2-day-old baby boy born in Cyprus to a pair of Syrian refugees was airlifted to Israel early Saturday for emergency surgery to repair a life-threatening heart defect. The baby was born in a refugee camp in Cyprus where his parents had fled to escape the ongoing Syrian civil war. He was diagnosed with a … Read More

Satellite shows aftermath of alleged Israeli strike on Iranian base in Syria

Monday, December 4, 2017

Satellite photos published Monday showed the aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on a reported Iranian military base being constructed in Syria, some 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Israel’s northern border, indicating several building had been destroyed. The images, provided by the Israeli satellite company, ImageSat International, show the destruction of seven buildings on the … Read More