Israel has carried out a series of airstrikes on the Syrian military in the Golan Heights, reportedly killing one soldier and wounding seven others. Israel called the attack retaliation for a bombing that wounded four of its soldiers in the area a day before. It was the first time Israel has acknowledged bombing Syria since the outbreak of the civil war there three years ago this month.
Syria, meanwhile, has closed its border crossing with Lebanon after heavy clashes with rebel fighters driven from Homs province.
At the same time, there are changes concerning Israel and Iran too.
Israeli media reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon have ordered that 10 billion shekel ($2.89 billion) will be allocated for preparations for a possible strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities this year. Roughly the same sum was allocated last year.
Three anonymous Members of Knesset reports that deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, and planning directorate official Brig. Gen. Agai Yehezkel told MK’s about the plans during Knesset Joint Committee Hearings on Israel Defense Forces Plans in January and February.
According to the MK’s, the IDF representatives had received clear orders from government officials (Ya’alon and Netanyahu) to continue readying for a strike, regardless of the current talks between representatives from several western countries, the EU and Iran, about Iran nuclear program.
The tension rises in the Israeli government, at least it seems that way.