Home fly-by sends message to Syrian leader By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Associated Press Writer
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JERUSALEM - Israeli warplanes buzzed the summer residence of Syrian President Bashar Assad early Wednesday, military officials said, in a message aimed at pressuring the Syrian leader to win the release of a captured Israeli soldier.
The officials said on condition of anonymity that the fighter jets flew over Assad's palace in a low-altitude overnight raid near the Mediterranean port city of Latakia in northwestern Syria. Israeli television reports said four planes were involved, and Assad was home at the time.
CNN - June 28, 2006 Updated: 2:56 p.m. EDT (18:56 GMT)
Syria: We chased off Israeli planes
Israeli warplanes flew over the home of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Wednesday, as Israeli forces conducted operations in Gaza to save a kidnapped soldier. Syria says it chased Israeli warplanes out of its airspace after what it called a "hostile and provocative act," Syrian state television reported Wednesday.
"The overflight by two Israeli planes near the Syrian shores is an aggressive act and a provocation," the television news said, quoting an unindentified Information Ministry official.
It said "national air defences opened fire in the direction of the planes, and they dispersed and left the area."
Israeli TV said four planes were involved in the overflight and that Assad was home at the time. Officials did not report that the jets came under fire from the Syrians.
Originally posted by TPL
Israel's certainly pushing its luck isn't it. Syrias airspace should be respected.
I really hope that they have solid proof that this soldier is within syrias borders.
Originally posted by mr conspiracy
Israeli military jets went into Syrian territory today.
Syria says that when Syrian gunners fired on the Israeli planes, they ran off. They were forced to return to Israel.
In other words, the Syrian forces are claiming that they scared the Israeli pilots away.
"Syria chases Israeli jets out of airspace" CNN
Naturally, the CNN headline is ery embarrassing to Israel.
Originally posted by jsobecky
That was not the basis for the fly-by. The Hamas leader that ordered the kidnapping of the soldier has lived openly in Damascus for a long time. The message to Syria was to stop harboring him.
Originally posted by ThePieMaN
ahaha yes what a lovely democratic country, where a duly appointed leader must hide in another country to keep from being assasinated by the Israeli hit-men.
It still gives them no right to traverse into other countries airspace. Nothing more then being thugs.
So tell me then, if Israel can cross Syrian borders with fighter jets to send veiled threats to a leader of another country, why are the Palestinians so wrong to be able to cross the border and attack, if the Israelis can cross not only Syrian borders but lebanese borders at a whim?
They have done all this for the life of 1 Israeli soldier. If this does not prove to the world how dangerous their government is and how irresponsibly they can react, then I don't know what to say. They are definitely incapable of being in custody of any nuclear weaponry. If in fact they were ever legitimately attacked I can imagine what they would do if they are doing all this for 1 soldier.
You're right. The poor, inocent duly elected leader, who did nothing more than call for kidnapping an Israeli soldier. I don't know what he big deal is; it's only a tiny little act of war.
Originally posted by kojac
mosquito bites to the Israeli's
Originally posted by kojac
How many faceless and nameless poor Palistinian women and children will die while Israel tear the place apart looking for one Israeli soldier whose face has been plastered all over western television screens.
Palestinian terrorism is nothing more than mosquito bites to the Israeli's, while the occupation of Palestine is the swamp that creates them.
Adding to the tension, a Palestinian militant group said it executed an 18-year-old Jewish settler kidnapped in the West Bank. Palestinian security officials said they believed the body of Eliahu Asheri had been found in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Originally posted by Souljah
Gee I wonder what would have happened if 4 Syrian Jets passed over the House of mister Shimo Peres and did a 180 turn, check out a little bit, took some shots, waved with their missiles and left home for Syria.
But I guess SOME countries can do that and get away with it.