As Stand for Israel reported in the Daily Dispatch, Israel responded to a Syrian drone incursion by not only targeting the drone, but carrying out airstrikes on three Syrian military bases. Writing at JNS, Yoav Limor explains how Israel is targeting the air-defense capabilities that Iran is trying to establish to Israel's north:
There was seemingly nothing new about the Israel Defense Forces’ alleged strike on the T4 air base in southern Syria, Sunday night. According to foreign media reports, Israel has targeted the base more than once in the past year, and in some instances, Jerusalem assumed responsibility for the airstrikes.
Yet nothing about it was routine—and not just because it was carried out in such close proximity to Russian forces stationed in Syria. If the reports are correct, Israel knowingly insisted on enforcing its red lines in Syria at a very significant point in time—three days ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and one week before Putin is set to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump in Helsinki.
Since there are no coincidences in this world, the alleged Israeli attack likely sought to send an unequivocal message to both leaders. While Netanyahu will likely reiterate this message in his meeting with Putin (and his emissaries will do the same with Trump), there is nothing like an airstrike to get a point across. What Israel wants to make clear is that it does not intend to compromise on Iran’s presence in Syria and that if world powers do not act on the matter, Israel will continue to act on its own...