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.

Israel, Russia said to reach secret deal on pushing Iran away from Syria border

Monday, May 28, 2018

Israel and Russia have reached a secret agreement to distance Iranian forces from the border area in southern Syria, Israeli TV reported Monday, as Jerusalem and Moscow sent differing messages regarding the extent of their tolerance for Iran’s military presence in that country. Under the apparent agreement coming together, Israel will accept the return of … Read More

IDF orders bomb shelters opened due to Iranian troop movement in Syria

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The military instructed local governments on Tuesday to open bomb shelters to residents of the Golan Heights following the identification of “abnormal movements of Iranian forces in Syria.” The army also said it raised preparedness of “troops for an attack” and deployed air defenses in the north of the country. “The IDF’s instructions should continue … Read More

A Hard Lesson in Syria: Assad Can Still Gas His Own People

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

When Syria shipped what it claimed was the last of its chemical weapons out of the country in 2014, John Kerry, the secretary of state at the time, declared that it showed that skillful diplomacy could achieve far more than attacks on a few facilities. “We struck a deal where we got 100 percent of … Read More

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