Earlier this week three were unconfirmed reports of a very large explosion near the Syrian city of Latakia.
There was relatively little media coverage to start, almost all from Israeli newspapers citing social media accounts.
As in all these cases, Israeli officials were silent as to whodunit. That’s the dance that takes place to avoid a major war.
Israel destroys game-changing weapons on their way to Hezbollah, Syria pretends it’s not sure what happened, and everyone goes along with a major confrontation. So long as Israel doesn’t try to shift the balance of power within Syria and focuses on weapons headed to Hezbollah, Assad is under limited pressure to react.
But not for the first time anonymous U.S. officials have told multiple U.S. media outlets that Israel was behind it.
Which raises the question, why the leaks?
From The Times of Israel:
Israel’s Channel 10 TV on Friday night quoted Israeli officials branding the American leak as “scandalous.” For Israel’s ally to be acting in this way was “unthinkable,” the officials were quoted as saying.
A second TV report, on Israel’s Channel 2, said the leak “came directly from the White House,” and noted that “this is not the first time” that the Administration has compromised Israel by leaking information on such Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets.
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