"The previously proffered explanation that Israel did not wish to embarrass Syria went out the window as null, void, and twaddle, with the recent limited declassification." Not necessarily. Assad, and his cohort, are under tremendous pressure to do something. At the same time their external isolation has prevented them from seeking a public denunciation, say at the UN or even from the Arab League. (It's amusing that FM Moallem yesterday called for a UN censure of Israel, but has apparently neglected the fact that Syria needs to request a session of the USCS to issue such a censure!) Israel is not trying to limit Syria's humiliation because Assad is such a nice guy (if not much of a doctor). Israel's interest is twofold. First, to avoid Syria inadvertently taking things to the brink, and beyond. Secondly, because it places pressure on Assad that can be leveraged by Israel and the US. I too am old enough to remember the U2 incident. I'm glad you are on a first-name basis with Nikita Sergeivich, but he actually had shot down the U2 and knew it. Further, he did keep quiet before springing the trap. Khruchev, BTW, also paid the price when he overreached his hand in 1962. One thing is for sure: "Dropped munitions", "live munitions", "big wholes in the ground" or "empty military buildings", both Israel and the Syrian leadership know exactly what was bombed on September 6. A limited lifting of censorship (i.e. letting Israeli journalists say that there was an action over Syria) is, in my opinion, a signal to Damascus that they can still shut up, but not for long, and that the consequences will likely be borne by the Alawite junta.
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from the article: IDF lifts censorship of Sept. 6 IAF strike on target inside Syria
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