Fears that the Syrian Civil War would cause further regional instability seem to have been justified as the Syrian government has stated that airstrikes from Israel constitute a declaration of war. A war between Syria and Israel could draw Iran and the United States directly into the conflict.
A series of massive explosions illuminated the dark sky over Damascus early Sunday, igniting renewed claims that Israel has launched attacks into the war-torn country.
Syria’s government said the explosions were the second Israeli airstrike in three days. The latest target, officials said, was a military research facility outside the Syrian capital. A top Syrian official told CNN in an exclusive interview that the attack was a “declaration of war” by Israel.
Syrian authorities vowed to retaliate against Israel but did not specify what action they would take.
Israel has not confirmed or denied the second round of airstrikes but U.S. officials did confirm that earlier strikes in Syria were done by Israel.
The Israeli military did not comment on the U.S. claim. But Israel has long said it would target any transfer of weapons to Hezbollah or other terrorist groups as well as any effort to smuggle Syrian weapons into Lebanon that could threaten Israel.
It is unlikely that any arms shipments from Syria to Lebanon are a new occurrence which leads one to wonder why would Israel begin strikes now? Or is Israel hoping to draw Iran into the conflict in order to justify Israeli and/or American military action to stop Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program? It was recently revealed that the United States was developing weapons to use specifically against Iran’s nuclear facilities. In any case there seems to be no end in sight for the Syrian Civil War.