While on the surface it looks like Israel is intent on attacking Iran to prevent it from pursuing its nuclear ambition, the subtle but significant moves by Israel indicate that the next likely target is Syria instead. Why not, since striking Syria at this time, will draw Iran along with its satellites (Hezbollah and Hamas) in and – if the plan works -- deplete their capabilities. If we are to believe the local Hebrew media, there was an Israeli attack on a chemical weapons site near Damascus, at dawn this past Saturday. According to Maariv’s report, “Israeli air jets flew over Assad’s palace and other security facilities” in the capital Damascus “before striking the chemical weapons compound.” No official word from Syria or Israel on this incident. At dawn Monday, residents of southern Israel were asked to seek cover in shelters after Hamas fired a rocket from Gaza that exploded in an open are in Eshkol.
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