Watch The Now-Declassified Moment Israel Neutralized Syria's Nuclear Reactor

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The Intelligence Failure: It Took Years for Israel to Discover Syria's Reactor

After Israel has revealed it was behind the strike on a nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007, Syrian news outlets have yet to address the matter and have provided no statements from Damascus.

First because most of the details were already known outside of Israel there was no longer any need to keep it secret. "Everyone in the Middle East would do well to internalize this equation". The CIA argued he would call for all-out war.

As Iran becomes increasingly engaged in Syria's seven-year conflict, Israel has grown distressed that its most potent foe has a military presence in a country with which it shares a border.

The event was first made public by Syria, which, as reported by Reuters at the time, said in the early hours of 6 September that its air defences had repelled an incursion by Israeli warplanes.

Meanwhile, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Tuesday that Tehran had defused regional threats against his country, turning them into "opportunities".

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


"Try to imagine what would have happened if we hadn't acted", he added.

"The answer was "no" then, the answer is "no" now", she said. Israel responded by bombing Syrian anti-aircraft batteries.

"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".

In his 2010 memoir "Decision Points", former U.S. president George W Bush disclosed he discussed intelligence about the Syrian facility with Olmert before it was destroyed but did not give him the green light for the raid. The poor performance raised questions about Israel's deterrent capabilities. Assad is fighting for survival, with Russian and Iranian backing.

Olmert has skirted around the issue, and military censors, for years, repeatedly saying that according to foreign sources Israel had been involved. He was released on parole in June of past year after serving 16 and a half months of a 27-month sentence for corruption and obstruction of justice. The disclosure looks to help rehabilitate at least part of Olmert's tarnished image while damaging the legacy of his longtime rival, then-Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who was reportedly hesitant to strike in Syria.

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