The United States had Israel’s full support as it led the attack on Syria’s chemical weapons facilities together with its allies, France and Britain.
In a statement released after the conclusion of the Sabbath, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “A year ago, I declared Israel’s full support for President [Donald] Trump’s decision to take a stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons. President Trump’s resolve and Israel’s support remain unchanged.
“Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle.
“It should be clear to President [Bashar] Assad that his reckless efforts to acquire and use weapons of mass destruction, his wanton disregard for international law and his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endanger Syria,” the statement concluded.
Israel’s National Security Adviser, Meir Ben Shabbat, also spoke with incoming U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton prior to the attack.
More than 100 missiles were launched at approximately 4 am local time, fired from both warships in the eastern Mediterranean, and fighter jets who approached from Saudi Arabian and Jordanian air space.