Israel confirms strike in Syrian nuclear site

When Israel Is Left Alone, It Will Act, Expert Says

When Israel Is Left Alone, It Will Act, Expert Says

Breaking more than a decade of silence, the Israeli military announced Wednesday that it had carried out an airstrike in northeastern Syria back in 2007, destroying the Syrian government's nuclear reactor.

The Deir Ezzor site, 280 miles northeast of Damascus, has changed hands multiple times during Syria's seven-year civil war, including a period under the control of Islamic State, The Times of Israel reports, noting that the Syrian military might have worked harder to defend the area if it contained a working nuclear plant.

It is always been thought Israel was responsible, but it never acknowledged this until now.

His assertions come in the wake of an Israeli army statement admitting - for the first time - that Israeli warplanes had in fact destroyed the suspected reactor in northeastern Syria nearly 11 years ago.

The military command of Israel dubs the attack to be "Out of the Box" and was long known to have been conducted but was under an 11-year old gag order which forbid the Israeli media from publishing the details pertaining to the secret operation.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said in the past that the site was "very likely" to have been a nuclear reactor.

Documents released by the army indicate the they suspected North Korea, Pakistan, and possibly a third country of assisting to build the reactor.

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Syria has never acknowledged building a nuclear reactor at the site, instead insisting months later that it was a missile facility. The operation was a stealth one lasting more than four hours in the night on September 5 to 6, 2007.

Some experts opine that the reason might be to send a warning to Iran or has been timed to coincide with the release of Ehud Olmert's mermoir, who was then the Prime Minister of Israel during the raid.

Israel said in its new disclosures that secrecy surrounding the strike was necessary due to the sensitive security situation. "But nonetheless, the Israelis acted".

In July 2007, after Bush refused Israel's demands, Olmert convened his security cabinet, which ultimately concluded that the alleged reactor had to be destroyed. In the second wave of the attack, the Israeli forces struck 12 targets in Syria, including Syrian air defense batteries and alleged Iranian military facilities. However, Barak claims he delayed the operation so that the Israel Air Force could mount the best possible orchestrated attack.

Syria and Israel have fought in repeated wars since the Jewish state's founding in 1948.

The mission to destroy the reactor started at 10:30 p.m. on September 5 and ended with the return of the warplanes at 2:30 a.m. the next day, the Israeli military said. In 1981, the Israeli Air Force destroyed a reactor in Iraq. That was the message in 2007.

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