Israel Claims Iran is Building a Missile Factory in Syria, Builds Excuses for Strike Against Assad
The Israeli government is at it again. The Zionist settler state is currently laying the groundwork for a justification of military aggression against Syria over flimsy claims that Iran is building a scud missile factory in Lattakia.
Israel claims that satellite photos allegedly taken by its EROS-B satellite show the construction of the Scud missile factory. The location is allegedly near Lattakia near the coastline.
Israel claims the photo of the facility shows that the structure resembles a missile plant in Tehran.
The Independent cites Channel 2’s experts who claim that the facility could not have been constructed without the help of Iran and Iranian experts allegedly operating in Syria. They say work began on the facility last year and that is has both production and underground storage capacity for long-range missiles. These missiles would thus be capable of striking Israel.
These “experts” claim the facility will be completed by the end of 2017.
Of course, the word “alleged” appears so often in this report because the Israeli claims are missing a very important element which is needed to make decisions regarding what to do in any given important situation such as this – proof. The photos, assuming they are real and not doctored by Mossad or the Israeli military, simply show the construction of a facility that “resembles” a missile facility in Iran. From such a simple statement, we then have experts discussing how the missiles will threaten Israel and how Iranian experts must be in Syria and how the Syrians must have Iranian experts working with them to build the Scud facility. All this because a building looks like another building that manufactures missiles located in a different country.
And so what if it is a missile facility? Israel has missiles that can reach every country in the Arab world. Syria has a right to defend itself, produce Scud missiles and, yes, aim them at the country that has illegally occupied Syrian territory since 1967 and which has repeatedly attacked Syria over the last six years. It also has the right to work with the Iranians and invite Iranian experts into the country. Syria is, after all, sovereign.
Israel actually is concerned about both Syria and Iran’s influence in the region. Ironically, the latter’s influence is growing rapidly as a result of the Western-backed terrorist campaign in Syria. Israel is fearful of a stronger Iran and, by default, a stronger Hezbollah.
“Our policy is clear: We vehemently oppose the military buildup by Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria and we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel’s security,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a speech just last week, adding his fears that, as ISIS is destroyed, Iran will move in to take its place. This is hyperbole and hysteria which can be accurately translated “As Syria, Russia, Hezbollah, and Iran defeat Western and Israeli-backed terrorists in Syria, the Israeli position is weakened by the lack of ISIS in Syria. Thus, Israel may have to engage in direct military action to ensure victory where the terrorists it has supported have currently failed.”
What is much more concerning that Israel’s lack of evidence and perpetual whining over the possibility that someone may be able to stand up to its racist imperial aims is the fact that it is relatively clear Israel is simply laying the foundation of propaganda for an attack on Syria in the near future. It is creating a paper trail in the Western media that journals its “concerns” and “fears” over Syria and Iran’s “aggression” and, when it is time to strike, it can then claim that it has been bringing its concerns up to the international community for some time only to have their worries ignored. For that reason, they will argue, they had to take action for the safety and security of Israel.
It is notable that the prospective date for completion on the facility is by the end of 2017 raising the possibility that, if Israel does intend to strike Syria using this facility as a justification, it may be before the end of the year.
On the other hand, Israel’s unproven claims may be seated in the desire to break up the recent U.S.-Russian cooperation over southern Syria and “de-escalation zones.” Israel has repeatedly tried to scupper these negotiations and prevent peace in Syria, claiming it gives Iran too much power.
While U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has stated that the negotiations with Russia will continue, provided that the Iranian forces are eventually removed from Syria, Israeli intelligence officials are scheduled to meet with the U.S. officials later this week to discuss the situation further. This causes some to worry that the Israeli officials may influence or otherwise wreck the Russian/U.S. cooperation as Israel has managed to do in the past.
By Brandon Turbeville
Source: Activist Post