Israel Bombs Syria

May 14, 2013

On May 5 in letters adressed to the UN Security Council President and the UN Secretary General, the Syrian Foreign Minister confirmed that Israeli warplanes carried out missile attacks against Jamraya, Maysaloun and a paragliding airport in al-Dimas area in Damascus and its countryside.

The Foreign Minister condemned the attacks as a violation of the Syrian sovereignty and a clear breach of the UN charter and international law.

In the letters the Foreign Minister also pointed out that the attacks came at a time when destabilization groups financed by U.S. imperialism and other Big Powers were being defeated in Syria.  According to the Syrian Foreign Minister the airstrikes "provide a direct military support to these groups after they have recently failed to gain any ground."

U.S. imperialism's attack dog, Israel, tried to justify its aggression by relying on U.S. imperialism's strategic doctrine of "preemptive war" and vaguely claimed that Israel would not "permit" alleged Syrian arms shipments to "terrorists."  In a speech at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy on May 9, U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel emphasized that U.S. backing of Israel is at an all time high.  According to Hagel, during his meetings at the end of April in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he "conveyed our continued commitment to enhancing defense cooperation with Israel – which has reached unprecedented levels in recent years."  

The Syrian Arab Republic has become a target of U.S. imperialism precisely because it continues to take a principled stand in defense of international law and the accepted principles of sovereign equality amongst nations, non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries. It has become a target because it is in the forefront of the struggle against U.S. imperialism and its hegemonic plans to re-colonize the Middle East, suppress any resistance to its domination and strengthen Israel as its forward base in the region.