July 12th, 2013
05:05 PM ET

Israel believed behind recent Syria strike

By Barbara Starr

A series of explosions on July 5 at a critical Syrian port was the result of airstrikes by Israeli warplanes, according to multiple U.S. officials.

Regional media widely reported the predawn explosions at Latakia, but no one had officially claimed responsibility.

Three U.S. officials told CNN the target of the airstrikes were Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Israel believes posed a threat to its naval forces.

The officials declined to be named because of the sensitive nature of the information.

So far, the Israeli government has also declined to comment to CNN.

Israel's defense minister Moshe Yaalon denied involvement, according to one Israeli news site.

"It has been a long time that we are not intervening in Syria's bloody war. Red lines were presented and we maintain them," said Yaalon, according to YNet News. "There is an explosion here or an attack there, somewhere in the Middle East, most of the time they accuse us."

Israeli and U.S. intelligence are also watching closely for additional shipments of Russian arms to Syria from Russian warships located off the coast.

The United States believes some supplies, including ammunition and small arms, have been unloaded in recent weeks. So far, there has been no indication of heavy weapons or helicopters that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad anticipates.

CNN has reported at least three previous Israeli airstrikes against Syrian targets in recent months in instances where it believed weapons were being transferred to Iranian backed Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon that could also threaten Israel.

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  1. fredlschmil

    Great discussion on those train and jet airliner mishaps/possible terror plots.
    "Nobody controls the internet." Yup, sure they do.

    July 15, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Reply
  2. First

    Genesis 9:25-27, explain Revelation 2:9 & 3:9. See for yourself. 1 Life, 1 Love, 1 King, Love Is Love. Always

    July 15, 2013 at 2:24 pm | Reply
  3. First

    I'll love to see the descendants of the 12 tribes honored in Israel, since the Jews are missing and replaced by the lost ten tribes.

    July 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  4. KEVIN

    How does the United Nations feel about this?

    July 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Sarcasm I hope......

      July 15, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
    • Silverado

      The UN thanks Israel.

      July 15, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  5. proud american

    All nations have a right to defend themselves. At least 75% of posts made on political blogs are anti-american or anti-Israeli. This tells me they are against basic human rights, are pro sharia law and war mongers, willing to spread lies and deception to undermine our beliefs. If Islam is soooooo great then why does it support terrorism? The killing of innocent men, women and children? Suicide? Because the leaders of Islam have corrupted the karon so much to their own needs that the average muslim believes them and will follow them in their philosophy. They believe if one does not convert to islam, then you must die. It's a religious war, plain and simple, A war they started but we will finish.

    July 15, 2013 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • fredlschmil

      The CIA supports terrorism. It uses terrorist methods. The goal of its psychological operations is to spread fear amongst the enemy people.

      July 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm | Reply
  6. Heythere

    Israel is a bullied child that has pushed themselves into a corner and feel the only way to survive is to destroy everyone else. No other group in history has been given their own homeland after a genocide. If they deserved a homeland then it should have been part of Germany not a place that was already home to a group of people. Im so sick of Jews using the Holocaust as an excuse to kill and make life harder for the rest of the world.. Down with Israel
    Free Palestine. Jews have taken on the roles of their oppressors, you all should be ashamed of yourselves

    July 14, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • 1westcoastphinfan

      Who set you up as the ultimate authority? The people of Israel inhabited the land of Israel 1700 years before Islam became a religion. The Jewish people should have a part of Germany as a homeland? What are you smoking? It's pretty powerful. Germany is the last place on this earth Jews should be living in after what happened 1937-1945. But then, people like you do not bother to read real history books, that might get in the way of your very strong, and very wrong opinion set. Israel exists, it is a bright spot in the Middle East. Deal with it!

      July 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
      • golfchcick

        the jews in Germany and European countries were Khazars that due to political reasons converted to Judisim – it has been proven through DNA – this group of people DID NOT come from the middle east – DNA has also proven that the Palestinians are probably decedents of the biblical jews – what right did anyone have to take land from one group and give to another – do a little research about the oppression the Palestinians have suffered and continue to suffer

        July 15, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • ben

        OK smart one, if we follow your supper logic then you should get the F out of here and give the American Indian their land back. tell all the Hispanic in south America to go and give the land back to the Indian, and the same in Australia.
        since your stupidity is blinding you, I think you should stop by the eye doctor.

        July 15, 2013 at 4:31 pm |
      • kylefromohio

        @1westcoastphinfan

        You have written that someone do not now history; Any historian would tell you that the Jews were removed or disband by the Roman empire in 79 AD and did not occupy the state of Israel again until into 1948 AD. Just for your facts, since you are well read!

        July 15, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
      • Thinker23

        golfchcick... "the jews in Germany and European countries were Khazars that due to political reasons converted to Judisim..."

        If someone told me that this morning all Saudis due to political reasons converted to the faith of the ancient Maya I would not believe it. Now you may consider that today's Saudis are hundreds of time more about the ancient Maya than the Khazars who lived in the Est Russia in the 9th Century could possibly know about the Jews, the people who lived in the Middle East eight hundred years earlier and thousands of miles away from the Khazars.

        July 15, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
      • 1westcoastphinfan

        kylefromohio,
        If you could improve spelling and grammar, your historical interpretation might have more credibility. So by your statement, there were no Jews living in Israel between 79 AD and 1948? Absolutely untrue. Perhaps you need to visit the OSU library in Columbus and study those 1900 missing years a little better, and please, take Ben and Golfchick with you, they are very much in need of help.

        July 16, 2013 at 4:35 pm |
    • 1Twolf7

      You know Absolutely NOTHING of True History! The incredibly minute piece of land that Israel presently owns was there's' in the first place, as well as all of Jordan, most of Lebanon, most of Syria!!! So....... you say that Israelis are the Bully's??? That is the most Absurd statement EVER! Israel is the Biggest Underdog nation on the face of the planet...... but not for long. There are unfulfilled Prophecies yet to unfold that will make Israel the greatest Super Power on the face of the earth! And they will gain all of their previous property back I might add! They are God's Chosen!!! God gave them that land in the beginning of time, and now Squatters occupy most of it in the name of the poor victims. The victims who terrorize in the name of Alla! Wake up and smell the smoke, cause an EXCEEDINGLY GREAT ARMY IS ABOUT TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD!

      July 16, 2013 at 12:10 am | Reply
      • TrustKnow1

        Sounds like an episode of the 700 Club! History shows that Jews grew out of various tribes who were basically criminals. They stole the land even in ancient times. They bully anyone they please and are most certainly not a chosen people. Otherwise, this would make God unjust. They cheat everyone and can't be trusted. Remember the USS Liberty? And the stolen uranium shipment? They murder those who disagree with their policies and extort whoever they want.

        July 16, 2013 at 5:37 am |
  7. Steven

    Maybe Syria shouldn't be allowing the shipments of arms to a terrorist organization if they don't want to be bombed.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • deeniman

      The weapons are going to the state military, what are you talking about?

      July 14, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  8. Socrates

    Oh, Israel! The chosen people by the "ghost". Sneaky devils, sooner or later you will pay for all your sins. The "Ghost" is watching you. No, I am not anti-Semitic and I don't care. By the way, when are you going to stop stealing land from the Palestinians? I suppose you keep building new settlements on Palestinian land. I call that, stealing and it is against the law. You know that, of course.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      Maybe the Arab nations can give back all the land they stole from the Mizrahi Jews who have been living in the middle east thousands of years before the Arab tribes left the desert. Just a reminder,Egypt was a Christian Coptic country with a Jewish and Greek minority until the Arab hordes came in stole everything and killed almost everyone.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • arab

        actually arab was living before israel came along that time arab lving with all prophets in middle east including prophet Mohammed so not the jews and never of heard israel exist. so israel is a murder state they love to kill childrens elders and women they are curse on earth

        July 15, 2013 at 6:47 am |
    • Monty

      Such an imbecile comment does not worth any reply. Let this fool spread his ignorance. Let him continue supporting regimes with NULL respect to human rights and women. Let him move in there too...

      July 14, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      I would recommend anyone complaining about Jews "stealing Palestinian land" to SHOW THE LEGAL DEEDS proving that the land in question belongs EXCLUSIVELY to the Arabs.

      July 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  9. israeli people

    What do you blame us??
    You do not want to get involved then you involve us
    We are not idiots!

    July 14, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
  10. Jiang

    Assad's evil will fall, as will Iran and Russia.

    July 14, 2013 at 1:36 am | Reply
  11. Soso Bim

    Long live Israel . Death to the Assad regime . We want no fly zone over Syria to protect the Syrian people .

    July 14, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  12. Pete

    Pres.Obama either way if its Isreal or not should warn Netanyahu he and Isreal are on their own if its started by Isreal enough said..Then maybe after Isreal gets their asses kicked then maybe they'll come to their senses not thinking they're the Chosen Ones more like the arrogent delushional ones more like it!!

    July 13, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • S

      Heheh

      July 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • S

      You have never seen them in action

      July 13, 2013 at 7:03 pm | Reply
    • alex

      of course they are the chosen ones, and as for ass kicking you're mistaken, if anyone can kick ass it's the Israelis

      July 14, 2013 at 8:44 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @Alex,then why does America always come to Isreals defense,you tell me if they're so tough and as you ignorently think as the Chosen Ones!!Remember Netanyahu doesn't wipe his ass without our say so if he wants to continue getting foreign aid!!

        July 14, 2013 at 11:18 am |
    • Aaron

      Most Israelis, most Jews are extremely secular. So your branding them as arrogant for being "the chosen people" is a very flawed notion. I lived there for four and a half years, and despite the monstrous propaganda against them, the Israeli's are a kind people, who yearn for peace more than any group of people I've had the pleasure to living alongside.

      July 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Reply
    • Palle sol Fuoco

      AIPAC would never stand for that.

      July 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • 1Twolf7

      OH Pete...... you poor blinded fool. The U.S. and or Pres. Obama do not control Israel........ Just look at whats happening..... Please open your blinded eyes. Israel does what it wants, what it needs, when, and Precisely when they deem necessary- Selah

      July 16, 2013 at 12:24 am | Reply
      • Pete

        @golfchick.what right did the Romans or mongolians have in taking foriegn countrys land and either enslaving or killing its defeated people..That's war back then and there wasn't anything diplomatic,religious about it either in either eat or be eaten mentality ..Just look how Persia did with its over 1 million man military force and didn't Rome and its Spartan soldiers eventually defeat them after over two decades of wars!!If a maniacal ruler wanted more wealth he just sent his soldiers out to get it sometimes under the disguise of religion,nothing was off the table back then was it right!!And if you read up in history books the Jews,Palestinians are descendants from the same Egyptian people so what's up with all the hoopla going on here here,can't we just get along!!

        July 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm |
      • Pete

        @1Twolf7,yah and this poor child supposidly blinded sees Netanyahu crying when America shuts its foriegn aid down..Maybe then Jewish crooks like Adelson and others can fork over some of their dirty money to save the so called Chosen Ones..Remember bud after we open up our crude oil,natural gas in Colorado,N.S.Dakota,Montana for ourselves OPEC ,others can take a flying leap because that's all we need the middle east for as well,we are pretty much self sufficient..And we found the crude for the middle east not them read up how Bechtel and others in the decades before drilled for the middle east because they didn't have the equipment in drilling ,we did and they're a very rich continent because of us not them!!

        July 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  13. Richard Powell

    Once again the Zionist terrorists commit war crimes and go unpunished.

    July 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • alex

      according to another terrorist's view of point

      July 14, 2013 at 8:47 am | Reply
    • Monty

      Right, destroying advanced weapon of a leader who is responsible for killing over 100,000 people in Syria is a war crime...
      Thank you for providing in vivo example of the sort of ignorance and crap the enemies of Israel are full of!

      July 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm | Reply
  14. Michael W

    maybe they were involved maybe not. My only question is if the Syrian government finds evidence that they were involved are they wrong for launching a counter attack on a weapons shipment to Israel in the future in retaliation? In a perfect world no, but i'm guessing the rest of the world would condem the attacks and Israel would launch a full scale retaliation. In which Egypt and others would join in.

    July 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Michael... Syria can, of course, launch an attack on a weapons shipment to Israel. It will, however, have to deal with the consequences of such attack. No, it's not necessarily a question of "finding evidence" as there is no court such evidence would be used. Especially when the two sides involved are officially at war as Syria and Israel are.

      July 14, 2013 at 8:25 am | Reply
    • alex

      I believe they tried that already a long time ago, including the Egyptians.
      Did not end well for both

      July 14, 2013 at 8:50 am | Reply
  15. eamonS

    Israel will,whenever necessary, use the "Holocaust Card" when it comes to justifying its crimes. Shame on its politicians. My best wishes to the Israeli people. What a pity that they cannot see that the Paletinian people have been treated in an abominable way just to keep the oil flowing.

    July 13, 2013 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Thinker23

      If the Palestinian people did not like the current arrangement they would NEGOTIATE A BETTER DEAL long ago. They had plenty of opportunities. On the other hand, as long as the Palestinian people are willing the war to continue it means that they're happy with its results.

      July 13, 2013 at 11:38 am | Reply
    • Aaron

      Where is your evidence? I'm very tired of hearing people say that Jews use the "holocaust card", or whenever anyone says someone is using a "race card". Back up your comments with sources for the statements you are claiming. Go ahead and look for one. I doubt you'll find any.

      July 14, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply
  16. edward_s

    Not our fight, let them fight it out. Only way we go over there is as part of the UN. We shouldn't have to give up lifes because people on the other side of the world are fighting. We aren't the worlds police, We don't trade with them.

    July 13, 2013 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @Edward,you're right and what do we trade in with them sand!!!Isreal is just an arrogent pip squeek that knows every time they get in trouble Uncle Sam in America cones to straighten it out..Like I said let them fight on their own once and see after they get their Isreali asses kicked they might change their tune a bit,I bet Netanyahu will!!

      July 14, 2013 at 11:24 am | Reply
  17. GASTO

    Now we know for sure, Obama is a Muslim Brotherhood seeker

    July 13, 2013 at 9:09 am | Reply
  18. dougjmiller

    Shame on Obama and his flunkies. Publicly pointing the finger at our trusted ally, Israel, endangers them. Obama knows that the Assad regime and their arms supplier, Putin's Russia, have threatened to attack Israel. They have the ability to kill many Israelis and cause wide spread destruction. You, Mr Obama, are an evil monster.

    July 13, 2013 at 6:30 am | Reply
    • edward_s

      if Israel wants to take actions then they should be able to stand by them. We don't need to hold their hand. It's their region not ours. They get the most money out of all the countries, the US supports them plenty.

      July 13, 2013 at 10:31 am | Reply
      • iIsraeli

        who told you to hold out hands, but at the same time don't snitch ;)

        July 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
      • israeli

        The way it looks from over here America wants us to do it's dirty work

        July 14, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  19. abou noor

    Another win for western Christianity (we have nothing against Christianity in general only those who have united with the Jews, which goes against all common sense if the jews are responsible for the death of prophet Jesus) and the killers of woman an children Jews of the illegitimate state od Israel, I have to handed it to you this maybe some of your best work. For 40 years its was all about what a ruthless dictator Assad and his father was, how he killed 40,000 civilians in cold blood in the city of Hama in 1982 and how he kicked around his people ever since, but iit wasn't for you to change him its up to the people of Syria to decide that has been you talk all long. And when the people finally revolted over the imprisonment and torture of small school children you cheered it on, you sent your embassydors and politicians to demonstration in Syria assuring the Syrians that they will get the help they needed to get rid of they tyrant of the century, f.... Nato was talking about a no fly zone and military intervention so that people began to take arms against they're fellow countrymen and now we have a country that wont be put back together for ages. Good work America good work Western Europe, congratulation Israel

    July 13, 2013 at 6:28 am | Reply
    • Thisnker23

      "... which goes against all common sense if the jews are responsible for the death of prophet Jesus..."

      According to the New Testament (the ONLY source of information about the Jew known as Jesus Christ) Jesus was arrested, tried, convicted and executed BY THE ROMANS. Not by Jews.

      July 13, 2013 at 8:24 am | Reply
    • gary

      where there islam there is hatred, violence and oppression

      is it is the level of mercy is what judges a religion – islam is equated with death and destruction

      Christ would never have condoned this

      July 13, 2013 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • Jason

        Christ would never condone this? He apparently condoned the crusades and a few thousand other christian wars... denial or stupidity...no excuse for blaming their religion when you aren't accountable for your own.

        July 13, 2013 at 9:34 am |
      • Aaron

        The two major Abrahamic religions have caused so much sorrow for this world...

        July 14, 2013 at 9:39 am |
    • dan

      abu nour, terrorist liar

      July 13, 2013 at 10:11 am | Reply
  20. Chinocilp

    Hey, Andy did you hear about this one? Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
    Hey Andy are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby. Are we losing touch? I'll never be finished with slapping the teeth out of your mouth or finding you end

    July 13, 2013 at 4:25 am | Reply
    • Chinocilp

      your end (edit). Way it is.

      July 13, 2013 at 4:27 am | Reply
      • Chinocilp

        Here's a little [legend] for the never-believer. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

        July 13, 2013 at 4:30 am |
    • Chinocilp

      YEA YEA YEA

      July 13, 2013 at 4:40 am | Reply
  21. kepaze

    so it seems it's only muslims in the middle east who accuse Israel of involvement in such assault.. Mr. Yaalon should have blushed a little to understand later on that it was not the people in middle east but the US officials who point the finger at them..

    July 13, 2013 at 3:40 am | Reply
  22. Lee

    And Israel simply wants peace. Sure it does..

    July 12, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • USMC1371

      Take out a couple of small targets or lose a navel ship. Makes sence since terrorist are taking over Syria.

      July 12, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • Maias

        "Take out a couple of small targets or lose a navel ship"

        I think you'll find that a 'navel' battle often results in a great loss of semen....

        July 13, 2013 at 1:15 am |
      • Ajax

        You got it, but this very logical explanation does not suit certain political/religious views (like that of Abu Noor) so some other excuse will be used to blame Israel attempt to defend itself. Some are too stupid to realize that sometimes a pre emptive attack is by far the best form of defense

        July 13, 2013 at 11:01 am |
    • stevehc1

      And you think that letting sophisticated, long-range anti-ship missiles from Russia remain in Syria would promote peace? Are you serious?

      July 13, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • GhangisKen

      don't believe everything you read

      July 13, 2013 at 1:38 am | Reply
      • Chinocilp

        Well son were all going to die one day. Its time to accept buddaha as your lord and savior. Lest i come and smite you. Time to make your way.

        July 13, 2013 at 4:44 am |
    • Jack Hollis

      Could it be that you are mentally challenged? Perhaps you are just an anti-semite. Many ignorant people hate Israel for no reason at all. Some eagerly listen to anyone who will blame the Israeli's for almost anything.

      July 13, 2013 at 2:05 am | Reply
      • Faraj Gazzah

        Anti Semite, here we go again.
        Maybe just anti Israel .

        July 13, 2013 at 3:50 am |
    • Dan

      Ignorant nitwit, you ain't got no clue. Three anonymous "officials" from the Israel-hating state department whipper something into their favorite correspondent's ear and you believe it.

      July 13, 2013 at 2:24 am | Reply
      • Chinocilp

        Are we talking helecopter gunships or carpet bombing? Way it goes pal.

        July 13, 2013 at 4:46 am |
    • Eric

      Take away the sarcasm, and your statement is spot on. Do you honestly believe that the citizens of the democratic state of Israel would choose war over peace? Have you ever even met an Israeli???

      July 13, 2013 at 6:31 am | Reply
  23. Allen

    Why does Iran air still fly to so many destinations in Europe ? I thought sanctions will stop their flights.

    July 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  24. islandmike

    The Muslim brotherhood was overthrown by the US. U of Cal-Berkley's investigative reporting program discovered the connection between the state department and anti-Morey dissidents.

    July 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm | Reply
    • Thetruth

      I bet this news is just to distract the world's attention from Egypt, as the entire plan in Egypt is crumbling and there's too much attention and pressure from there.

      July 12, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Reply
      • Chinocilp

        Your full of it?

        July 13, 2013 at 4:47 am |
  25. USMC1371

    Because the Muslim brotherhood needs more "Aid"= American taxpayers money and weapons.

    July 12, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Reply
  26. avinatbezeq

    The question, as always, is "Who stands to gain?" Why would those three officials try to implicate Israel in the act, especially when the last time an American official made a similar statement, Syria has issued a warning that "next time" it'll have to attack Israel in response.

    So, if CNN is correct, we have a number of U.S. officials trying to provoke Syria to attack Israel. Why?

    July 12, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      Israel needs an excuse to bomb the crap out of Syria. They keep poking sticks in the eyes of every other middle eastern nation, one day they will go far with Iran and that Persian lion will wake up and bite them.

      July 13, 2013 at 1:34 am | Reply
      • Dan

        Hahahaha, how stupid can you get??????

        July 13, 2013 at 2:26 am |
      • S

        Get real, they have shown restraint and only do what they feel is necessary to protect themselves.

        July 13, 2013 at 3:41 am |
      • Ajax

        Adam, do yourself a favour and wake up to reality.
        If there is one country in the Middle East that would want to avoid full scale conflict at the moment it is Israel. That is exactly why it is ridding the area of threats that may make that all -out war (that so many Islamic fundamentalists would love) happen.
        If you look at the overwhelming (numerically not qualitatively ) superiority of Islamic countries and do some really basic arithmatic you will understand what I mean. Be honest for once.

        July 13, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Ariel

      They are upset with the MB setback in Egypt.

      July 13, 2013 at 2:54 am | Reply

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