Israel weighs consequences of US-led tripartite attack on Syria


Pentagon officials said the attacks targeted the heart of Assad's programs to develop and produce chemical weapons. Israeli public radio reported that Western allies had given Israel, which remains technically at war with neighbouring Syria, advance notice of the air strikes.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation have said Israel was behind a recent air strike on a Syrian air base that left seven Iranians dead.

Iran and Israel are arch enemies, as the Jewish state views Iran's regional and nuclear ambitions as an existential threat.

Responding to the American, British and French missile strike on Syria Saturday morning, Netanyahu added that Syrian President Bashar Assad's willingness to allow Iran power to grow in Syria was "endangering Syria". Rwanda, another "third-party country" that had reportedly agreed to accept asylum seekers from Israel, has also denied the existence of any deal and said it will not absorb any migrants expelled from Israel. In a statement released ahead of a press conference in Kampala, State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Musa Ecweru confirmed his country was in talks with Jerusalem to accept several hundred refugees deported from Israel.

"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting global law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.

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Israel has mounted air strikes in Syria on a regular basis, targeting suspected weapons shipments to Lebanese Hezbollah.

"Canada supports the decision by the United States, the United Kingdom, and France to take action to degrade the Assad regime's ability to launch chemical weapons attacks against its own people", Trudeau said in a statement Friday.

In addition, Russia's involvement since late 2015 has further complicated the situation in Syria, placing Israel in a more sticky position.

However, the long-term effect of the global involvement in the Syrian war may not necessarily be negative for Israel.