Photo Credit: Ofer Zidon/Flash90
Israeli F-16I Fighting Falcons. According to news reports, the IAF is maintaining an airbase on Turkish soil, from which it attacked Syrian targets on July 5.

Israel used a Turkish military base to launch one of its recent airstrikes against Syria from the sea, a reliable source told the Russian news agency RT. Last week it was reported that on July 5 Israeli planes attacked a stash of Russian made Syrian rockets in the harbor city of Latakia, Syria.

News that Turkey assisted Israel in attacking a Muslim state could result in serious repercussions for the Recep Tayyip Erdoğan government, if the information is verified.

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“Our source is telling us that Israeli planes left a military base inside Turkey and approached Latakia from the sea to make sure that they stayed out of Syrian airspace so that they cannot become a legitimate target for the Syrian air force,” RT’s Paula Slier reported.

Relations between Turkey and Israel were strained until last March, following the Turkish flotilla incident off the coast of Gaza. But the two countries have normalized their relationship after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to Erdogan.

Turkey is providing training grounds for French and American sponsored anti-President Bashar al-Assad rebels, before helping them infiltrate into Syria.

Anyone reading today the report on this level of cooperation between the Turkish military and Israel (not necessarily with the prior approval of the Turkish prime minister) has to be thinking about the same cooperation against another common enemy – Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

Since there may already be an operational IAF base inside Turkey, it would be an excellent place for Israeli attack planes to launch their attack against the Iranian nuclear facilities, as well as to stop there for refueling on their way home.

After the July 5 airstrike, the Free Syrian Army said it was not responsible for the attack that erased a stash of Russian-made Yakhont anti-ship missiles. Those missiles could have been effective in preventing European and American cargo ships from unloading along the Syrian coast weapons intended for the rebels.

“It was not the FSA that targeted this,” Qassem Saadeddine, FSA’s Supreme Military Council spokesman told Reuters last week. “It is not an attack that was carried out by rebels.”

The FSA thought the attack “was either by air raid or long-range missiles fired from boats in the Mediterranean.”

The rebels described massive blasts, adding that the kind of firepower that was used was way beyond anything they possessed, which is why they suggested it had to be Israel.

On Saturday, some anonymous U.S. officials told CNN that, indeed, it was Israel’s airforce. What a way to repay a friendly gesture that opened up the coast for American ships.

Then the Sunday Times reported that the contingent of 50 Russian-made Yakhont P-800 anti-ship missiles were destroyed by Israeli submarines. Let the Air Force have a day off for once.

The IDF Spokesperson’s office refused to comment.

On Sunday morning, Netanyahu told CBS’s Face the Nation: “My policy is to prevent the transfer of dangerous weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon and other terror groups as well. And we stand by that policy, and I’m not in the habit of saying what we did or didn’t do.”

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

The July 5 strike was the fourth known Israeli air attack against targets in Syria this year, all of them, apparently, taking out major rocket stocks that could be handed over to Hezbollah.

On January 30, an airstrike hit a weapons convoy that was already carrying Russian-made SA-17 surface-to-air missiles, the first Israel air raid in Syria airspace in six years.

On May 3 and 5, Israeli warplanes targeted a shipment of Iranian Fateh-110 long range missiles that could strike Tel Aviv if positioned in south Lebanon.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. What I think “would be” great about this is that it shows that the al-Assad regime as supported by Iran, Hezbollah, and ultimately with Russian help is seen not just as a threat to Israel but to the region by Turkey and others. And indeed, I think that is the real case. I am a Zionist but I have nothing against a successful region and even normalization.

  2. Israel and Islamic run turkey are belligerents. They are two enemies that for a time are united.
    against a common enemy. that does not make them friends. Turkey and Israel have a common.
    enemy, the Assad regime and Iran. Netanyahu's craven apology did not clear the way for.
    the Israeli attack, it would have been cleared anyway because of the common interest.

  3. In one night from evening to dawn, Damascus will be removed from being a city by God. Most people don’t know that Damascus Syria has historically remained inhabited from the time of it’s founding until today. Despite military losses it has always been populated. YET ISAIAH 17 SAYS THAT GOD WILL TAKE IT AWAY FROM BEING A CITY. That’s a permanent statement by God, not a temporary one! That has not happened as of yet. What could cause that? God could do this any way that he wished to. One possibility is if Syria attacks Israel with WMD’s the only way to stop it soon enough to save the nation would likely be a nuclear strike on Damascus and possibly other targets as well. If God chooses to use mans weapons of mass destruction as one of the tools to bring that about then today’s news concerning Assad should get you interested enough to take a longer look at Isaiah 17. I’m not saying it is “without question”, but without question it looks like it is VERY LIKELY. In addition Iran continues determined in it’s march in the development of nuclear weapons. Current intelligence seems uncertain of when Iran will get the bomb and Israel cannot afford to gamble with this. Yet here we are with the clock ticking. In July of 2012 I wrote a small book that lists some of what the Bible says will happen in the end times as well as what will happen during the period known as the seven (360 day) year tribulation and other soon to take place events. I don’t accept donations and it’s free. It’s about 6 or 7 pages, so it’s a short read. I encourage you to have a look: http://www.booksie.com/religion_and_spirituality/book/richard_b_barnes/after-the-rapture-whats-next.

  4. Now isn't this a better use of time than launching and dealing with flotillas that have absolutely no purpose except to create tension between friends?

  5. It remains to be seen whether the relations between Israel and Turkey can be described as "normalized." There have been several meetings between officials of both countries since Netanyahu's apology for operational mistakes, but no further progress has been made as of this date.

  6. It remains to be seen whether the relations between Israel and Turkey can be described as "normalized." There have been several meetings between officials of both countries since Netanyahu's apology for operational mistakes, but no further progress has been made as of this date.

  7. It remains to be seen whether the relations between Israel and Turkey can be described as "normalized." There have been several meetings between officials of both countries since Netanyahu's apology for operational mistakes, but no further progress has been made as of this date.

  8. It remains to be seen whether the relations between Israel and Turkey can be described as "normalized." There have been several meetings between officials of both countries since Netanyahu's apology for operational mistakes, but no further progress has been made as of this date.

  9. This claim is from a Russian newspaper. It has nothing to do with facts. Yesterday it was a submarine – now a secret airbase in Turkey.

    All this means is that nobody has a fact – pure speculation that it even happened.

  10. If this story is true indeed, then we can truly say that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. However, Turkey is not exactly the friend of Israel. Nevertheless, whoever destroyed the Russian anti-ship missiles should be congratulated. Perhaps this act will send a clear message to the ayatollahs that their nuclear installations are the next targets.

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