Israel’s intelligence is worthy of praise for the operation, but along with patting itself on the back, it must consider what it means for the future
2007 Syria strike
Operation Soft Melody was an Israeli strike against a Syrian nuclear reactor not far from Deir al-Zour. On September 6, 2007, eight Israeli fighter jets destroyed the reactor, dubbed 'the Cube.' The planes entered Syrian airspace from the Mediterranean Sea, and returned to Israel along an escape path adjacent to the Turkish border.
On March 21, 2018, after more than a decade, the military censor allowed the Israeli media to report the history of this affair – and even that, still with restrictions.
Assad's reactor passed under the radar of the Israeli intelligence community for years – perhaps its priorities should be reexamined
After Israel kept the bombing under wraps for a decade, the sudden disclosure leaves the bitter taste of ulterior motives
The Iranian nuclear program is a much more complex challenge than the 2007 strike, which was supported by the U.S. and Israel's security chiefs
It was one of the Israeli army's most successful operations, but was censored for over a decade. Now, a Haaretz investigation goes behind the scenes of the 2007 strike on 'The Cube,' shortly before it became an active nuclear reactor: From the intelligence failures and American foot-dragging, to the arguments at the top levels and the threats of a total war with Syria
From the ruins of the Syrian reactor that Israel destroyed in 2007, a bitter battle has erupted between ex-PM Olmert and Barak. 'Rocket man' Bibi is thrilled
It's no surprise that the decision to bomb Syria’s reactor was made by a prime minister brave enough to seek peace with Abbas
The Institute for Science and International Security looked into a 2015 report alleging that Syria was building another reactor – publishing their findings a day after Israel claimed responsibility for 2007 attack
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Israel’s then-defense minister: Mossad head Meir Dagan’s approach won out: Israel’s security cannot be delegated to any external actor, not even the U.S. We had to destroy the Syrian reactor – and try to avoid an escalation to war with Assad
Even though the prime minister had nothing to do with the operation — and has spent the last decade talking about, rather than neutralizing, another nuclear threat — he still gains
Syria Strike Revealed The Intelligence Failure: It Took Years for Israel to Discover Syria's Reactor
'The scary thing is that Assad and the North Koreans were building a plutogenic reactor right under our noses for five or six years'
Israel claimed credit for the 2007 attack, 11 years after it was carried out to stop Syria from developing a nuclear capacity with North Korean help
But a TV station identified with the Syrian regime calls the disclosures a message to Iran that Israel is also capable of acting alone against Iran’s nuclear facilities
Hours after Israel claims credit for 2007 attack on Syrian nuclear reactor, the PM praises military, Mossad
The bombing of the nuclear reactor near the Euphrates River reshaped Israel’s defense policy – and led to the downfall of the Olmert government
Everything you need to know about Israel's attack on 'the Cube,' finally declassified by the military censor – the successes, the failures, the egos, the ramifications and the real fallout
Ex-defense Chief Barak Rips Into Olmert for Creating 'Apocalyptic Atmosphere' Ahead of Israel's Syria Strike
Barak, who was defense minister during the strike, slams Ehud Olmert, who was PM at the time, saying: 'They acted before they thought'
Israel publicly acknowledgement for the first time that its F-16 and F-15 warplanes bombed a partially constructed nuclear facility near Deir al-Zor in 2007
After a decade of silence, Israel reveals the full story behind the 2007 strike on Syria's nuclear reactor. Show us what you know!
Soon-to-be-published memoirs led to the easing of censorship of Israel's strike; Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak tell conflicting versions of the same story
Journalists were warned, false stories were planted and court petitions were filed. While the world reported on the strike's target, Israel's censor feared a violent Syrian response to an official Israeli publication