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A Real Threat Neutralized at Last Minute

As Stand for Israel told you on Monday, Israel likely took part in an operation over the weekend to eliminate a Syrian rocket scientist linked to the development of chemical weapons. Now, JNS' Yoav Limor tells us that the operation was carried out to prevent Hezbollah from building up its weapons capabilities near Israel's border:

The final stage of the Syrian civil war offers an opportunity, maybe the last one, for any entity that wants to eliminate threats without paying too high a price. The moment the war officially ends, which will happen soon, everything will become more complicated, from airstrikes to assassinations.

It is likely that this played a part in the killing of Syrian scientist Aziz Azbar over the weekend...

He was a senior missile engineer, No. 3 in the Syrian weapons industry, a close associate of Syrian President Bashar Assad and the point where Iranian-Syrian-Hezbollah weapons interests converged.

For years, that weapons axis has been a focal point for Israel because of Hezbollah’s attempts to arm itself, and because of the additional effort this past year to establish and arm Iranian militias in Syria. Azbar oversaw missile production in Syria, and according to foreign reports was recently involved in laying the groundwork for missile production in Lebanon as well. For Israel, this is a critical issue. According to the same reports, Israel took care to strike the weapons convoys on Syrian soil, before they entered Lebanon, to avoid an escalation with Hezbollah, which had made it clear that it would consider a strike in Lebanese territory to be a casus belli.

The manufacture of missiles in Lebanon, if it begins, would eliminate the need for weapons convoys and would allow Hezbollah to build its capabilities without concern...

Tags: Syria , Hezbollah , Israel , Terrorism

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