Arab Spring: Rockets from Syria Now Being Fired into Israel
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.
Here’s why Israel never got behind the Syrian opposition. As bad as Assad was, the Shiite regime was at least predictable and accountable. Turning over that territory to assorted Sunni Jihadists creates a situation similar to the one in Gaza and Lebanon.
And now rockets are being fired into Israel from all three places.
“At least five rockets fired from Syria hit different locations across the Golan Heights,” the Israeli army said in a statement.
An army spokeswoman told AFP that it was not known who launched the rockets and the Israeli military did not return fire.
She said there were no casualties in the attacks, at around 1:30 am (2230 GMT) on Sunday, the 48th day of a war between Israel and the Islamist movement Hamas in and around Gaza.
Several people were treated for shock.
Israel has tried to develop some kind of relationship with some of the Sunni groups short of arming them. It has provided medical care and some humanitarian aid.
But this was always inevitable.
The Syrian border is turning into the same mess. The new border threat is less from surprise attacks by organized armies, but the old-fashioned insurgent harassment that Israel was experiencing a lot of before the big wars began. Except that rockets make the insurgencies much more disruptive and able to terrorize larger populations.
Israel’s failure to seriously break Hamas encouraged further attacks from Lebanon and Syria. This is how it works. An incomplete offense followed by a withdrawal emboldens other terrorist groups to try their luck.
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