BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:32 A.M.) – The above picture is a satellite image showing the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on the Damascus International Airport which occurred during the early morning hours of the 27th of April. The picture above shows a destroyed aircraft shelter.
The official line put forth by Israeli military sources is that the Israeli Air Force attacked a logistical hub used to smuggle weapons to Hezbollah. Nonetheless, the Damascus International Airport represents Syria’s main airport for tourism – even during the current crisis.
The most recent airstrike has again demonstrated that the Israeli government is more interested in directly attacking Syrian civil infrastructure and the Syrian Armed Forces than actually fighting terrorist entities such as al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, both of which it shares a border with in the Golan region. To this end, former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has recently confessed that ISIS “apologised” to Israel for a firefight between the terrorist group and the Israeli Army’s Golan Brigade in November 2016 (http://www.almasdarnews.com/article/isis-apologized-attacking-israeli-soldiers-golan-former-defense-minister/). Considering ISIS has never been known to apologise for anything else, including various acts of terrorism as well as various mass executions of civilians and prisoners of war, this is exceptionally interesting.
Official Israeli military information outlets have never commented on why Israel attacks forces representing the secular government of Syria, instead of sectarian terrorist groups who border Israeli territories in the Golan. Nonetheless, online apologists of such sovereignty-violating actions (actions which also happen to aid terrorist military operations as was seen in the Quneitra offensive of September 2016) argue that blackmail polices of the Obama administration – apparently this involved using large US military aid packages to Israel as leverage for Israel not to attack al-Qaeda and ISIS (a claim which basically indicts the US government for directly protecting the interests of terrorist groups) – are the reason for Israeli indifference towards groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda.
However, even in the era of Trump, the Israeli military continues to attack the Syrian Armed Forces, caring out even more daring airstrikes, such as the raid against pro-government forces near the T-4 airbase in March 2017 (an attack which could only serve to benefit ISIS; much like the US-led coalition airstrike against the Syrian Arab Army in the Thardeh Mountains in September 2016).