Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel will prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons after its military admitted it carried out a 2007 air raid against a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor. Reuters has been unable to immediately verify the Israeli material.
In April 2017, Palestinian Media Watch exposed that the Palestinian Authority is actively undermining a decision the Israeli government adopted in. The operation "sends a clear message: Israel will never allow nuclear weapons to countries like Iran who threaten its existence", he tweeted. Army Radio said 18 tons of explosives were dropped on the site.
Yisrael Katz, Israeli Minister of Transportation who also serves as the Minister of Intelligence, congratulated former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert for his decision to operate.
James Jeffrey, Bush's deputy national security adviser, said on Wednesday the former United States president had been "absolutely supportive" of Israel. The strike against the nuclear plant shows that "when Israel is left alone, it reacts and with extreme force", he added.
We would face a nuclear Syria. At the time Syria dismissed the accusations as part of a campaign to discredit the Damascus government.
The Israeli military disclosed that 2 groups of jets flew at low altitude toward the target to avoid detection by Syria's radar.
In the 2000s, Mossad officials requested money to investigate Syria's nuclear program.
Two years later, their conclusion was that Syria was less than a year away from an operational nuclear reactor. "To our assessment [REDACTED] secretive and orderly [REDACTED] for achieving a nuclear weapon".
It had been in development for years and was due to begin operations at the end of that year.
In his memoir, "Decision Points", former President George W. Bush said Israel first asked the U.S.to bomb the site and then carried out an attack itself when Washington declined.
The event was first made public by Syria, which, as reported by Reuters at the time, said in the early hours of September 6 that Syrian air defenses had repelled an incursion by Israeli warplanes.
Syria has repeatedly denied that the bombed site was a nuclear reactor. On Wednesday, the Israeli censor's office lifted a long-held prohibition on publishing information on the attack.
Speculating about the timing of the release, Aaron David Miller, a Washington, DC-based Middle East expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said, "I think the Israelis not only are trying to demonstrate deterrence but to make it unmistakably clear that they would strike again".
Black and white aerial images showed a box-like construction close to the Euphrates river in the desert, while video showed the structure exploding in a cloud of smoke following a countdown by a male voice.