Report: Israel bombs mysterious convoy on Syria/Lebanon border

posted at 10:31 am on January 30, 2013 by Allahpundit

Just putting this on your news radar in case it’s a prelude to something much bigger. Haaretz and the JPost can’t independently confirm that anything more specific than a “target” was hit, but AFP says it was a convoy of some kind:

Israel forces carried out an air strike overnight on a weapons convoy from Syria near the Lebanese border, security sources told AFP on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity…

“The Israeli air force blew up a convoy that had just crossed the border from Syria into Lebanon,” one source said, without giving a precise location.

The source said the convoy was believed to be carrying weapons but did not specify what type…

A second security source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, also confirmed to AFP that Israeli warplanes had hit a convoy allegedly carrying weapons to Lebanon but said the incident occurred just inside Syria.

Not that Assad needs a reason at this point to attack a neighbor if he’s inclined for whatever odd strategic reason to try to widen the war, but a bombing inside Syria would give it to him. As for the weapons involved, Israeli sources told Haaretz that they’re worried about even “advanced conventional weapons” being transferred to Hezbollah, but if you read this CBS report on Sunday you know what they’re chiefly concerned about. Netanyahu held a secret meeting with his security cabinet the morning after election day last week, an unusual moment at which to huddle about threats. Whatever happened to get his attention must have been awfully pressing. More from Haaretz on this morning’s strike:

The reported attack came soon after the Lebanese media said that Israel Air Force jets had flown over Lebanon’s air space in three separate missions late Tuesday and early Wednesday. There was no confirmation of that report from Israel.

Earlier this week, the Lebanon Army reported that the IAF had violated Lebanon’s airspace on Saturday in four different incidents. The Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star reported that IAF fighter jets were seen flying around the Beka’a Valley.

Also Saturday, the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal said that an explosion struck a weapons storage facility in an area of southern Lebanon controlled by Hezbollah. The report was not confirmed by Lebanon’s government or by the Lebanese army. The latter said it had conducted a number of controlled explosions on Saturday of munitions left over from the Second Lebanon War.

Israel’s taking more conventional defensive measures too, having recently moved two Iron Dome anti-missile batteries to the north of the country presumably in the expectation of an attack by Assad and/or Hezbollah. I’ve always assumed that Assad is most likely to transfer chemical weapons to Hezbollah if/when he’s finally facing the end in Syria, but according to some reports, he’s turned the tide and might hold on for a good long while yet. In that case, what strategic end is served by trying to drag Israel into the war with a WMD scare? Or maybe the reports of Assad holding on are all wrong and he really is in desperation mode?

One possibility is that the rumors last week about a massive explosion at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility are all true and Iran’s now planning to retaliate for the sabotage with an attack on Israel via their Syrian and Lebanese proxies. But we’re more than a week removed from when the Fordo explosion allegedly happened and there’s still no hard evidence of it. The White House says it doesn’t believe the reports and UN nuclear inspectors announced yesterday that Iran’s denials of any explosion are consistent with their own observations. The Times of London did cite “Israeli intelligence officials” who claim the explosion happened but a friend of mine who’s involved in Israeli politics says he’s skeptical of that report. Stay tuned.

Update: Ah, maybe it was “advanced conventional weapons” after all:

A source in the region told Al-Monitor the alleged target was said to be anti-aircraft missiles, or a convoy of anti-aircraft missiles, but that could not be confirmed.

Syria possesses sophisticated, Russian-made S-300 anti-aircraft missiles. Israel would consider it a “game changer” if Hezbollah, Lebanon, or Iran would acquire them, that would “change the balance of power” between Israel and Hezbollah, and interfere with Israel’s ability to overfly Lebanon and deter Hezbollah, a regional security expert told Al-Monitor on condition of anonymity Wednesday.


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Hey, Capitol Hill Country Club Members…this is what a LEADER looks like.

kingsjester on January 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

The Times of London runs stories by people who lie about Israel regularly, like Uzi Mahnaimi, who predicted imminent invasions of Gaza about once a year. Of course, he didn’t get them right when Gaza WAS invaded defensively.

I don’t believe them anymore. I’m not surprised their story didn’t pan out.

Meryl Yourish on January 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Another US job that had to out sourced to another country.

Thank you Israel for doing the right thing!

Lance Murdock on January 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

So, this is why the Muslim Brotherhood wants a bunch of F16′s..?

d1carter on January 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

It’s basically a stalemate at this point. There’ll be an Alawite/Christian state, a Sunni state and a Kurdish state. Assad was just moving his chemical weapons to the Alawite part. Israel caught wind of it, and blocked the move.

rbj on January 30, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Now that damn CW McCall song is going to be in my head all day.

Mark1971 on January 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

So, this is why the Muslim Brotherhood wants a bunch of F16′s..?

d1carter on January 30, 2013 at 10:37 AM

d1carter:Yup,

to give China,M1-A1 Tanks and F-16′s,to reverse engineer!:)

Oh,just a theory!!

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canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 7:39 AM

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:43 AM

WMDs from Iraq are being shuffled around, again.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Containment.

Beginning of End.

Bmore on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

For the Mid-East this is SNAFU.

When it get either worse or better, it makes the news.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Israel,Airstrike Chitty/Chatty on twitter!

Results for syria

https://twitter.com/search?q=syria

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM

WMDs from Iraq are being shuffled around, again.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Like a hot potato.
Everyone wants them, but noone wants to get caught with them.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

One possibility is that the rumors last week about a massive explosion at Iran’s Fordo nuclear facility are all true and Iran’s now planning to retaliate for the sabotage with an attack on Israel via their Syrian and Lebanese proxies. But we’re more than a week removed from when the Fordo explosion allegedly happened and there’s still no hard evidence of it. The White House says it doesn’t believe the reports and UN nuclear inspectors announced yesterday that Iran’s denials of any explosion are consistent with their own observations. The Times of London did cite “Israeli intelligence officials” who claim the explosion happened but a friend of mine who’s involved in Israeli politics says he’s skeptical of that report. Stay tuned.

Allahpundit

.
For the moment, it’s “clear as mud.”

Stay tuned, indeed.

listens2glenn on January 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

I am Israeli, and the Assad family was a painful thorn in my country’s side for decades. And yet I believe that between Bashar Assad and so-called “rebels” I’d pick the dictator any day and twice on Sabbath. Heck, I’d pick Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi over that bunch.

By the way, have you noticed that Obama has an amazing fondness for hoods? Muslim Brotherhood, Planned Parenthood, Trayvon Martin’s hood…

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

but according to some reports, he’s turned the tide and might hold on for a good long while yet. In that case, what strategic end is served by trying to drag Israel into the war with a WMD scare?

Ask yourself, who would benefit in such a case, then remember that Perfidy is considered an honorable and effective tactic by Muslim Jihadist.

The answer of course is… The Muslim Brotherhood and it’s Militant terrorist wing Al Qaeda.

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Connect the dots. US to Libya, to Syria, to Lebanon. Israel will not make a big deal about having to destroy US supplied weapons on their way to Hezbollah.

MarkT on January 30, 2013 at 10:51 AM

WMDs from Iraq are being shuffled around, again.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Like a hot potato.
Everyone wants them, but noone wants to get caught with them.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

And no wonder. Only the most desperate terrorist would want the pitiful pile of half-baked (possibly literally) junk that Saddam bodged together.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Russian missiles? Can’t be! Didn’t Barry and Hillary! push the ‘reset’ button with Putin?

GarandFan on January 30, 2013 at 10:55 AM

30 January 2013 Last updated at 10:42 ET
Israeli ‘strike on convoy on Syria-Lebanon border’
**************************************************

Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Israeli radio on Sunday that any sign that Syria was losing its grip on the weapons could lead to Israeli action, even a pre-emptive strike.
(More..)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-21264632

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:56 AM

And no wonder. Only the most desperate terrorist would want the pitiful pile of half-baked (possibly literally) junk that Saddam bodged together.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

He was not interested in the latest and greatest.
He wanted to kill. He was happy with things that killed.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

No Sh*t Associated Press!
(sarc)

The Associated Press ‏@AP

BREAKING: Regional security officials say Israel conducted airstrike inside Syria overnight. -MM

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 10:58 AM

He was not interested in the latest and greatest.
He wanted to kill. He was happy with things that killed.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:57 AM

A rusty AK-47 can kill.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

I am Israeli, and the Assad family was a painful thorn in my country’s side for decades. And yet I believe that between Bashar Assad and so-called “rebels” I’d pick the dictator any day and twice on Sabbath. Heck, I’d pick Saddam Hussein and Moammar Qaddafi over that bunch.

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

A brutal but true reality I have tried to point out for many months now. That despite being by western sensibilities a brutal dictator, Bashar Assad is the good guy in Syria.

Most of the good folks in the West seem constitutional incapable of grasping the profound psychological and ideological difference between Western morals, ethics and thought processes and those of Middle Eastern Arab Muslims.

Though we are able to communicate through shared languages the foundational core precipices of our values could not be more diametrically opposed.

The West and Israel have a value system predicated upon honor and trust, where as the Arab Islamic value system is predicated upon betrayal and power.

The best way to describe the Arab Islamic moral, ethical and ideological foundation is to say, that it is the world as described in the Original Star Trek series episode “Mirror Mirror“.

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Israeli warplane ‘struck target on Syria-Lebanon border’ amid weapons fears

Unconfirmed report of attack comes as Israel monitors region for possible chemical weapons convoys leaving Syria for Lebanon
Wednesday 30 January 2013 14.14 GMT
***********************************

But Israel fears that the implosion of the Assad regime could herald an Islamist Syria, which could seek to reignite hostilities with its neighbour.

Alex Fishman, defence analyst for the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, wrote earlier this week: “In the light of Assad’s increasingly unsteady status, Hezbollah figures have understood that [its stockpiles of conventional] weapons cannot remain there. And as soon as these weapons reach Lebanon, they are swallowed up in secret underground stockpiles. Looking for them will be like searching for a needle in a haystack.

“If chemical weapons are brought into Lebanon, Israel will probably not hesitate – and will attack.”

According to Sofrin, the Israeli military would be more inclined to deploy “specialist skilled units” on the ground to secure depots of chemical weapons, rather than use air strikes, which risked dispersing chemicals over a wide area. But any such operation would be complicated and risky, he added.

Israel’s primary concern was to prevent Hezbollah acquiring chemical warheads that it could mount on existing missiles, he said.

Netanyahu told Sunday’s cabinet meeting Syria was “increasingly coming apart”. He added: “The reality is developing apace. In the east, north and south, everything is in ferment, and we must be prepared: strong and determined in the face of all possible developments.”

In the past few months, errant shells from fighting in Syria have landed in the Golan Heights,

prompting Israel to lodge formal complaints with the United Nations.

In November, Israeli forces fired tank shells at Syrian artillery units, causing casualties,

over two consecutive days after a mortar shell landed close to an Israeli army post.

Netanyahu recently announced plans to build a steel security fence along the armistice line in the Golan Heights, similar to the one constructed on the Israel-Egypt border.
(More…)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/30/israeli-warplane-syria-lebanon-border

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

By the way, have you noticed that Obama has an amazing fondness for hoods? Muslim Brotherhood, Planned Parenthood, Trayvon Martin’s hood…

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

You forgot Robbin’ Hood.

Anywoos…..

I doubt they are the WMDs themselves. Blowing them up in a covnoy would spread the toxic materials far and wide. I think we would have known about that by now.

My guess is they were either long range ground to ground missiles or SAMs of one sort or another. There was a recent video of rebels at a base whooping it up on transportable SAM launchers with the missiles mounted. Messy! Messy!

Regards from Jerusalem.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

The Times of London runs stories by people who lie about Israel regularly, like Uzi Mahnaimi, who predicted imminent invasions of Gaza about once a year. Of course, he didn’t get them right when Gaza WAS invaded defensively.

I don’t believe them anymore. I’m not surprised their story didn’t pan out.

Meryl Yourish on January 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

And the Times of London recently ran that attractive Scarfe cartoon, too. They’re about as objective as the Times of New York.

bofh on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

And no wonder. Only the most desperate terrorist would want the pitiful pile of half-baked (possibly literally) junk that Saddam bodged together.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Sorry dude, but there is nothing half-baked about the 10,000 40 gallon barrels of cyclosarin that the Russian’s snuck out of Iraq as the American troops invaded. Sorry can’t include the link cause it’s C.N.N

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 11:10 AM

The West and Israel have a value system predicated upon honor and trust, where as the Arab Islamic value system is predicated upon betrayal and power.

The best way to describe the Arab Islamic moral, ethical and ideological foundation is to say, that it is the world as described in the Original Star Trek series episode “Mirror Mirror“.

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Yup.
This is why it is either the “Strong” man or chaos in control.

BTW. That was a pretty good ST episode. The “bad” Kirk was a gas.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Hmmmmm……………

U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad’s regime’
PUBLISHED: 19:16 GMT, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:04 GMT, 30 January 2013

Leaked emails have allegedly proved that the White House gave the green light to a chemical weapons attack in Syria that could be blamed on Assad’s regime and in turn, spur international military action in the devastated country.

A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme ‘approved by Washington’ is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

(More..)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2270219/U-S-planned-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-Syria-blame-Assad.html

canopfor on January 30, 2013 at 11:12 AM

bofh on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Thanks for posting that cartoon – love it!

OldEnglish on January 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

I don’t like to give too much credence to any “reporting” originating from WND… but the revelation of Netanyahu’s early morning meeting the day after Fordow explosion allegedly occurred, and the sudden movement of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah are making that story seem not entirely implausible after all.

Its entirely circumstantial at this point, and as Allah noted you would think that we would have heard/seen some hard evidence of activity at Fordow by now. But if something did happen at Fordow, it also seems like all parties would have an interest in keeping quiet about it for now (like when Israel bombed Syria’s reactor back in ’07).

Lawdawg86 on January 30, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Unlike us, Israel is focused like a laser. And their intelligence network is pretty good. Arch, I tried to tell HotAirians that the tinpot dictator was better than the rebel crazies, but they seem inclined to believe otherwise.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Arch, I tried to tell HotAirians that the tinpot dictator was better than the rebel crazies, but they seem inclined to believe otherwise.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I get it if nobody else does.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Unlike us, Israel is focused like a laser. And their intelligence network is pretty good. Arch, I tried to tell HotAirians that the tinpot dictator was better than the rebel crazies, but they seem inclined to believe otherwise.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Some of us get it.

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

@MelonCollie kewl

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Arch, I tried to tell HotAirians that the tinpot dictator was better than the rebel crazies, but they seem inclined to believe otherwise.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM
I get it if nobody else does.

MelonCollie on January 30, 2013 at 11:33 AM

I get it as well.
It has always been a bone of contention as we consider who to support over there.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 11:39 AM

The S300? The same system the IAF tied in knots during the Syria nuke plant strike,

Limerick on January 30, 2013 at 11:44 AM

By the way, have you noticed that Obama has an amazing fondness for hoods? Muslim Brotherhood, Planned Parenthood, Trayvon Martin’s hood…

Archivarix on January 30, 2013 at 10:50 AM

You forgot Robbin’ Hood.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Ray LaHood

LetsBfrank on January 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Hey, Capitol Hill Country Club Members…this is what a LEADER looks like.

kingsjester on January 30, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Is this what a leader looks like?!

Or is this what a leader looks like?

You were all wowed by Netanyahu’s May 2011 visit to the US and his bravado speech to Congress at the time. He’s for a 2 state solution. He’s not building even in Jerusalem. The IDF, police and justice system harass, incarcerate and imprison Israeli citizens of Judea and Samaria on the most trumped-up charges, which any Arab can claim with little or no proof. The situation here is absurd – Kafkaesque!

Netanyahu is our equivalent of your RINOs. Today’s upper echelon Likud leaders are more left than Yitzhak Rabin’s Labor Party was when it signed the Oslo Accords in 1993.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Maybe we should convince planned parenthood to open some branch offices in the Middle East, kind of like the ones they operate in the inner city. Since they are so good at extinquishing life before it gets started. Maybe less kids to strap bomb vests to and less kids that are taught to hate Israel……The baby killers could offset the baby killers, maybe they would extinquish themselves…

crosshugger on January 30, 2013 at 12:17 PM

The West and Israel have a value system predicated upon honor and trust, where as the Arab Islamic value system is predicated upon betrayal and power.

The best way to describe the Arab Islamic moral, ethical and ideological foundation is to say, that it is the world as described in the Original Star Trek series episode “Mirror Mirror“.

SWalker on January 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Excellent analogy!

Read The Closed Circle: An Interpretation of the Arabs by David Pryce-Jones. It was originally published in 1986, and has been re-issued twice — 2002 and 2009. It does a wonderful job of explaining the disfunctionality of the Arab world and why we in the West will never, ever, ever be able to treat with them using our value system.

catsandbooks on January 30, 2013 at 12:18 PM

…Arch, I tried to tell HotAirians that the tinpot dictator was better than the rebel crazies, but they seem inclined to believe otherwise.

tommy71 on January 30, 2013 at 11:28 AM

True, whether you meant Mubarak, Assad, or Kudhaffi. I’ll take a military dictatorship over the MoBro any day.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

bofh on January 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Yeah, I’ve become inured to antisemitism in the British press. Been covering it since 2001 on my blog.

Sometimes, I just can’t stand it anymore and post cat pictures. Because the internet is made of cats. :-)

Meryl Yourish on January 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Just putting this on your news radar in case it’s a prelude to something much bigger.

Funny, isn’t it? Even the atheists know that areas gonna eventually blow up,

Cleombrotus on January 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

I doubt they are the WMDs themselves. Blowing them up in a covnoy would spread the toxic materials far and wide. I think we would have known about that by now.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 11:03 AM

Not really. That road is a mountain pass very high up with almost no living areas nearby. A perfect place to demolish chemical weapons.

riddick on January 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

WMDs from Iraq are being shuffled around, again.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Like a hot potato.
Everyone wants them, but noone wants to get caught with them.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I believe nuke material has a “where developed” radio-active “tag” (I could be wrong – if so, sorry).

Does the same hold true for bio/chem materials?

Honest question, not trying to stir the pot.

Bruno Strozek on January 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Not really. That road is a mountain pass very high up with almost no living areas nearby. A perfect place to demolish chemical weapons.

riddick on January 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Most likely SA-17s.

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 3:08 PM

MAJOR STORY UPDATE

Shy Guy on January 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

WMDs from Iraq are being shuffled around, again.

Kissmygrits on January 30, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Like a hot potato.
Everyone wants them, but noone wants to get caught with them.

Jabberwock on January 30, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I believe nuke material has a “where developed” radio-active “tag” (I could be wrong – if so, sorry).

Does the same hold true for bio/chem materials?

Honest question, not trying to stir the pot.

Bruno Strozek on January 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

No. Syria has a world-class chemical weapons industry. They would have seen Iraq’s stuff as dangerous junk. They might have reused raw chemical compounds from Iraq, but the completed weapons were buried in the Bekaa Valley.

They also have a bio-weapons program but less is known about it.

slickwillie2001 on January 30, 2013 at 3:21 PM