Israel Denies Obama Request for Military Intervention in Syria
I don’t know how credible this story is, but Obama wants action in Syria without having it boomerang on him. Dragging Israel further into the conflict would give him plausible deniability.
But Israel has no actual motivation for intervening any further beyond occasional air strikes to interfere with weapons shipments to Hezbollah. Israel has obviously developed some ties with some groups in the Syrian opposition, but those ties are momentary and meaningless. Whichever side wins, Israel loses.
Israel has to weigh a victory by Assad that would restore Iranian power on its border or a victory by the rebels which would put Jihadists on its border. The latter may be more dangerous than the former.
That’s why Israel has confined itself to the occasional air strike and providing medical aid to some of those wounded in the civil war, particularly children.
Any further intervention would be unwise and not in its interest.
LONDON — The United States is pressuring Israel to attack the Syrian military in the Golan Heights.
Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Israel to stop a Syrian Army advance toward U.S.-trained rebels in the Golan Heights.
The sources said the rebels, trained and sent from Jordan, reached the divided Heights last month.
“The Americans want Israel to stop a Syrian column from reaching rebel-held areas of the Golan, particularly where the Jordanian-based jihadists are located,” a source told Middle East Newsline.
The sources said this marked the first U.S. request for Israel’s military to intervene in Syria. They said Obama and his aides had repeatedly warned Israel to refrain from striking Syria, which transferred long-range rockets and air defense systems to Hizbullah in neighboring Lebanon.
That part certainly is plausible. Obama wouldn’t want Israel to take action to protect itself.
At this point, Israel has not responded to the U.S. request. The sources said Israel’s military and intelligence community did not want a confrontation with the regime of President Bashar Assad as it eliminated rebel strongholds throughout central and western Syria.
So essentially Israel is stalling, which is a Japanese no.
Israel has bigger priorities than shoring up the Saudi side in a religious civil war in the region or saving Obama’s Arab Spring legacy by acting as his unacknowledged air force in the conflict.