Israel recognizes the destruction of a reactor by destroying a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007[/rtl]
[rtl]Release Date: 2018/3/21 7:59 • 60 times read[/rtl]
The Israeli army officially acknowledged on Wednesday the destruction of a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in a 2007 air strike, saying the air strike removed a major threat to Israel and the region and was a "message" to others.
Today's announcement of an "out-of-the-box operation" came after the end of a military order of more than 10 years under which any Israeli official was prohibited from speaking about the operation.
The Israeli recognition followed the publication of newly declassified material, including photographs and videotape of an aircraft cockpit for the moment when an air strike was destroyed in the desert near Deir al-Zour, more than 480 kilometers inside Syria.
"The message from the attack on the nuclear reactor in 2007 is that the State of Israel will not allow the building of capabilities that threaten its existence," Israeli army chief Lieutenant-General Gadi Eisenkot said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
"This was our mission in 2007 and our message remains today and will be our mission in the near and long term."
The timing of Israel's decision to declare and justify the strike came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made repeated calls in recent months for the United States and the international community to take firm action on Syria's ally Iran.
Netanyahu has repeatedly warned that Israel will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon "now, 10 years, or at any time" and will not allow the construction of missile factories in Syria that could threaten Israel or provide advanced weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah.