The audacious attack on a nuclear plant in northeast Syria was one of Israel's most hair-raising operations ever, yet it was also its biggest intelligence failure since the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn takes you behind the scenes of the 2007 strike on "the Cube," revealing the three major players who made it happen, American foot-dragging, and how close Israel came to war with Syria.
Israel's military operation in Syria also extended to the media, with fake news planted in the Israeli press and journalists warned off from covering the story. It took Israel a decade to admit it bombed its northern neighbor's reactor, but which prominent politician was the first to spill the beans? Haaretz reveals all.
For years, Israeli intelligence boasted about its ability to track even the slightest shifts in Syria's military deployments, so how did President Bashar Assad manage to build a nuclear reactor under its nose? Senior military correspondent Amos Harel explains how it went unnoticed, and the fortuitous way Israeli intelligence finally uncovered Syria's secret.
There are always two battles in any military action: the operation itself, and the subsequent fight to claim credit for its success. Two former prime ministers – Ehud Olmert and Ehud Barak – were at the heart of the Syrian reactor attack, with their soon-to-be-published memoirs the catalyst for the ultimate easing of censorship. There's just one problem with their accounts, Anshel Pfeffer writes: their stories are entirely different.
The Israeli policy of military ambiguity was born on September 6, 2007, proving a major turning point in Israel’s security, diplomatic and political history. Aluf Benn explores the unexpected consequences of the nuclear reactor attack – from Israel's defense policies to its ties to the United States.
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