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US leaks about Syrian strikes may be attempt to malign Israel

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The Obama administration fights tooth and nail to hide information on such subjects as Operation Fast and Furious or Benghazi, but when it comes to criticisms of Israel, it’s only too happy to keep the information spigot wide open.

The most recent example was an article Thursday in The New York Times about an airstrike on Syria, allegedly by Israeli Air Force warplanes, saying more forays to come. The Times’ sources were unnamed “American intelligence analysts,” according to The Jerusalem Post.

The piece came on the heels of numerous leaks by unnamed administration officials about other attacks on Syria allegedly carried out by Israel. The reports cause some to wonder if the Obama administration is trying to provoke a war between the two countries.

“The mere fact that such leaks happen often indicates that the Pentagon leadership does not have Israel’s interests at heart,” Efraim Inbar, director of the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies at Bar-Ilan University, told The Jerusalem Post. “It is difficult to assess the motivation of such leaks.”

He offered several possibilities, then said this:

“What is clear is that they do not come from elements friendly to Israel, because Israel’s preferred modus operandi is low profile. [This is] intended to allow [Syrian President Bashar] Assad to refrain from reacting.”

The Post noted:

Foreign media reports have attributed four Israeli air strikes on targets in Syria in 2013, reportedly to prevent the transfer of strategic arms to Hezbollah, which has sent fighters to support Assad in the Syrian civil war.

These include an alleged strike on a convoy ferrying SA-17 air defense missiles from Syria to Hezbollah in January, and two strikes in May in the Damascus area, targeting storage facilities housing guided, medium-range, Iranian Fateh-110 missiles.

On May 30, Assad told Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV station that Syria would immediately retaliate for any future Israeli strike.

Front Page Mag’s Joseph Puder made a similar observation in a July 23 post, closing his commentary by saying, “The actions taken by the Obama administration endanger Israel, and it might well confirm the aphorism ‘with friends like Obama, who needs enemies.’”


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