Yadlin praises IDF response to Syrian fire
Israel’s relatively wide-ranging response in Syria at the end of last week to Islamic Jihad rocket fire from the Golan Heights seems to have created significant deterrence, former Military Intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said on Monday.
Yadlin, the Zionist Union’s candidate for defense minister in the last elections and current head of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, backed the IDF action that included killing the five-member squad that Jerusalem says fired four rockets into Israel on Thursday.
Israel’s response to the rocket attacks on the Golan Heights and Upper Galilee also included the army directing artillery fire at 14 military targets in Syria.
This reaction, Yadlin said, was “very right,” as it first of all “extracted a price from the cell,” responsible for the attacks, but also hit elements of the Syrian regime and made it clear that this type of activity will not be tolerated.
In an Israel Radio interview, Yadlin said that when the army decides to embark on this type of response, “there is always a tension between the desire to create deterrence, and a concern about escalation. With the relatively short perspective, I think there was success there in creating significant deterrence, but we must always be prepared that there will be an escalation.”
Yadlin said that while Iran is stirring up matters in both Lebanon and Syria, neither Iran nor Hezbollah is interested in launching activity against Israel from the Lebanese border.
“Hezbollah is up to its neck in its activity in Syria, and fighting with [Syrian President Bashar] Assad against the rebels,” he said. “So it is more comfortable for it and for Iran that the anti-Israel activity be from the Golan Heights.”
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