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Israel officially admits striking Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Israel officially admits striking Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Israel officially admits striking Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

"This equation should be understood by anyone in the Middle East", said Liberman.

Israel acknowledged for the first time Wednesday, March 21, that its air force destroyed a almost completed Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007.

According to reports, Prime Minister Olmert wanted to bomb the reactor as soon as possible, despite calls to stall by then-US president George W. Bush and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

While the military acknowledged that Tel Aviv was anxious about possible military retaliation by Syria, the operation was recognized as a success.

The military released declassified operational footage, photographs and intelligence documents about the operation.

"The message is that when Israel is left alone, it would react and as it reacted and used force 11 years ago and destroyed the North Korean facility in Syria, it would do so again today and destroy any Iranian attempt to further deploy military forces, guerilla forces [and] Hezbollah forces in Syria".

Syria, which has joined the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has denied this.

"The message from the 2007 attack on the reactor is that Israel will not tolerate construction that can pose an existential threat", Eisenkot said.

The raid on Syria marked the second time Israel's military has destroyed the nuclear power generation capabilities of a neighbor in the region.

The Military Intelligence Directorate estimated that the nuclear facility was damaged beyond fix.

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Wednesday's announcement also indicated the Syrian reactor was much closer to completion than previously reported.

Israel said in its new disclosures that secrecy surrounding the strike was necessary due to the sensitive security situation.

The chief of staff described the attack as "the most significant strike in Syria since the [1973] Yom Kippur War".

Today, Israel is asking the United States to exercise its leverage on Russian Federation to convince Iran to back off in Syria.

The material speaks of an ultra-secretive operation, with very few knowing details of the strike and a cover story provided.

"The Israeli government, the Israel Defence Forces and the Mossad prevented Syria from developing nuclear capability".

Israel determined that the alleged reactor was "totally disabled, and that the damage done was irreversible".

Military commanders were told to place their troops on high alert in the hours leading up to the attack in case Syria chose to respond, The Times of Israel said.

"Low, to me, is even 15 or 20 per cent, which is a lot".

Dagan was convinced that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would not retaliate - as long as he wasn't publicly humiliated.

Israel views Iranian activities as a threat to national security and constantly warns that Iran is allegedly building a permanent military base south of country's capital, Damascus.

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