Israel Will Be Bullied No More
Within hours of the Islamic Republic of Iran lobbing a missile attack against the Golan Heights, the Israeli military destroyed the rocket launcher and issuing a statement on accountability.
Rockets were fired early Thursday local time and were immediately met with a counter strike against Iranian infrastructure in Syria. According to a press released from the Israeli Defence League,
“…[we] will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory.”
Stating that they are prepared for a “wide variety of scenarios,” it’s clear that Israel has been preparing for aggression especially after their intelligence officers stole material from Iran proving that the country had lied through their hats about the Iran Nuclear Deal, which is now dead thanks to Trump.
Here’s what happened:
In what IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus calls a “severe attempt,” Iranian forces based in Syria fired off around 20 rockets aimed at Israel’s front-line military in the Golan Heights. The international news service Reuters confirms that this is the first time that Iran has attacked Israel from a Syria position.
Conricus says that four of the rockets were intercepted, and the others “fell short” of their assumed targets, and there were no injuries or other damages reported. The counter strikes, say Conricus, were all intended to disabled hardware, not people.
Syrian groups are crying foul, with one group saying that the counter strikes killed 23 troops, including 5 Syrian, and the Syrian military giving a different number of 3 dead and 2 wounded, along with the destruction of military warehouses storing ammunition. The Syrians also say that they were able to intercept some of the Israel rockets.
White House Press Release
In a short statement, Secretary Sanders wrote:
“The United States condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attack from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense. The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East.”
The territory in question is the Golan Heights, which was taken over by Israel after the Six Days War (see below) in 1967.
In the Bible, the Golan Heights northeast of the Sea of Galilee was known as Bashan, and its cattle and trees were mentions in several books of the Old Testament. As well, a history of the Amorite King Og of Bashan’s defeat by the Israelites was relayed in Deuteronomy 3 and commented further upon in Psalms 135.
The Six Day War
Taking place between June 5-10th in 1967 with a decisive Israeli victory, the June War was between Israel and:
And those five countries were supported by:
- The Palestinian Liberation Organization
On June 11th, a ceasefire was signed. Israel only lost 1,000 of her own troops by the Egyptian, Syria and Jordanian militaries lost a total of over 20,000. The only civilian deaths were on the Israel side.
In the end, Israel had seized the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank and the Golan Heights. Since then, an Israeli-Egyptian peace treaty in 1979 and a ruling in 1989 has seen the territory ceded back to Egypt.
As for the Golan Heights, the region is inhabited by the Druze, who lived there before the Six Day War along with Israelis who have moved in since then. Right now, Syria is demanding the return of the land before any peace agreement can be signed.
Claiming ancestry from Jethro of Midian, the Druze are an ethnoreligious monotheistic group whose influence is pulled from a variety of sources, from off-the-beaten-path ancient Greek philosophy to Shia Islam. There are over 800,000 in the Druze community, and they have been persecuted for over a millennia. They mostly live in Syria, Lebanon and Israel.
In 2017, two Druze police officers who were killed in Jerusalem by Muslim rioters who were throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at the Lions Gate in the Old City.
We wrote more about the oncoming storm encircling the Druze back in 2014:
“Druze, on both sides of the border, are terrified by what they are actually witnessing with their own eyes; their encirclement by ISIS, with the “rebels” in tow! In the main, Israel’s Druze are very loyal citizens, serving with distinction in the IDF.”
Sources: Fox News, Wikipedia, Bible Places