Israeli Raid on Syria Had Iran in Sights

Hush-hush attack may have targeted North Korean nukes
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 17, 2007 5:50 PM CDT
An Israeli woman walks at an observation point on Mt. Bental in the Golan Heights, close to the border with Syria, in a Friday Sept. 7, 2007 photo. It has been a quarter-century since Syria and Israel...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Arab governments aren’t talking too loudly about the reported Israeli bombing of Syrian territory two weeks ago.  They’re waiting to see what the fallout is, Newsweek notes, for the real intended target—Syrian sponsor Iran. The raid appears to have been a signal that Israel will act against Tehran with or without Western support, Newsweek sleuths conclude, and may even have been an attack on imported North Korean nuclear technology.

The magazine is careful with the latter claim—even US hawk John Bolton wasn’t trumpeting the connection, Newsweek cautions—but Israel reportedly showed satellite imagery of Syrian sites to US officials last month, claiming to have spotted Pyongyang’s hand. Indeed, an Israeli analyst reports that a North Korean ship—sailing under a South Korean flag—docked in a Syrian port just days before the attack, the Telegraph adds.