Israel’s 2007 Attack on Syrian Facility: A Warning Signal to Iran

Israel’s recognition of a 2007 strike against a supposed Syrian nuclear reactor appears to send a warning signal to Tehran as a new anti-Iranian coalition is emerging in the Middles East.

“The courageous decision of the Israeli government almost 11 years ago to destroy the nuclear reactor in Syria and the successful operation following it sends a clear message: israel will never allow nuclear weapons to countries like Iran who threaten its existence,” Minister of Intelligence israel Katz, who also serves as the minister of transportation and a member of the Security Cabinet of Israel, tweeted on March 21.

Operation Outside the Box

On September 6, 2007, four F-15 and four F-16 Israeli fighter aircraft launched a top secret attack against the Al-Kibar facility in the Deir ez-Zor region, about 300 miles northeast of Damascus. The mission, codenamed Operation Outside the Box, envisaged the destruction of a supposed nuclear reactor that had been developed for many years and was reportedly due to enter into service in 2007.

Amos Yadlin, the former head of the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate, told journalists that a unique reconnaissance operation conducted by Israel in 2006 indicated that Syria had been implementing a project of a plutonium nuclear reactor, at the time “with the purpose to produce a bomb.”

According to the general, the only question was how long it would take for Syria to start loading the reactor with nuclear…

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