Israel confirms attacking Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

Video published on Mar 21, 2018 by the Phillip Pasmanick YouTube channel – Behind the scenes of Israel’s political decisions and ultimate military strike on the Syria’s al-Kibar nuclear reactor on the night between September 5 and 6, 2007. A Video by Yaron Sharom from Ynet news portal. Interviews: Attila Somfalvi, Yoav Zitun, Ron Ben-Yishai; Content editor: Noam Gil; Director: Assaf Cuzin; Camera: Yaron Sharon, Ori Davidovitch, Yogev Attias; Script, video editing, animation: Tamar Avraham; Production: Adi Berman; Content management: Noa Glickstein Keren.

Article published on Mar 18, 2018 by the YNet News portal – written by Noam Gill

Israel confirms attacking Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007

After verifying the information the Mossad received in 2006 about a nuclear reactor being built in the Deir ez-Zor area with North Korea’s help, Israel decided to take action: Despite disagreements within the political echelon, warnings from the security services and futile attempts to get the Americans on board, the operation was completed within six months; now, 10 years later, the details of the strike that likely changed the face of the region have finally been cleared for publication.
On the night between September 5 and 6, 2007, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived at the Israel Air Force “pit” at the Kirya IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv. Next to him sat his relatively new defense minister, Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and representatives of the different security services.
Shortly before midnight, four F-15 and four F-16 aircraft took off from the Ramat David Airbase in northern Israel. The target marked on their computers was an isolated square-shaped building in a desert in northeastern Syria. They flew north along the Mediterranean Sea and then turned east on the borderline between Syria and Turkey.

Between 12:40am and 12:53am, the pilots repeated the codename, Arizona, before 24 tons of ammunition was dropped on Al-Kibar, a nuclear reactor that was secretly built by Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Deir ez-Zor area with North Korea’s help and guidance. The reactor was destroyed. All pilots returned safely. The Syrian nuclear program was eliminated. The Middle East, and perhaps the entire world, are breathing a retroactive sigh of relief today.

In the decade that has passed since then, Israel persistently refused to take official responsibility for the operation, until the Israeli Military Censor decided this week to clear it for publication. It was (yet another) classic case of the elusive ambiguity Israel specializes in when it comes to security-related issues: Making no declarations and taking no responsibility, but occasionally throwing some hints into the air.


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