Report: Israel delayed Syria strike due to U.S. hesitance
ABC News reported strike was to take place July 14, but U.S. feared ramifications for the region.
The Israel Air Force strike on an alleged Syrian nuclear installation on September 6 was supposed to take place on July 14, but was delayed due to hesitance on the part of the Americans, ABC News reported.
The report says that Israel presented the United States with intelligence attesting to the existence of the facility and its connection to North Korea.
Foreign media reports have said that North Korea delivered nuclear material to Syria three days before the attack was carried out.
The United States, embroiled in a war in Iraq partially due to faulty intelligence, was nervous about the accuracy of the information and the implications on the region an attack would have.
ABC also said that U.S. officials held high level meetings to discuss Israel's plans, and that while some officials did support the attack, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was opposed.
An American official told ABC that the U.S. convinced Israel to "confront Syria before attacking."
The report says that by early September, Israel began to fear the plan would be leaked, and decided to go ahead with it.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan arrived in Damascus on Saturday at the start of a Mideast diplomatic. The IAF strike is expected to figure high in Babacan's talks with Syrian officials.
Also on Saturday, the official paper of Syria's ruling Ba'ath Party printed an editorial /a>editorial calling for the return of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in the 1967 War "by any means necessary."
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