Syria: If Israel Can Strike Damascus, We Can Strike Tel Aviv

Syria's UN representative calls on Security Council to act against Israel's attacks in Syria and reasserts his country's right over the Golan Heights

Satellite image shows damage caused by Israeli strike on targets in Damascus International Airport, January 22, 2019.
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Syria's United Nations envoy called on the world body's Security Council to take measures against Israel's continued assault on Syrian territories, as reported by the Syrian news agency Sana, wondering whether it would take a Syrian attack on Tel Aviv Airport to draw the council's attention.

"Does drawing the attention of the war-makers in this Council require us to exercise our legitimate right to self-defense and respond to Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport by responding in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport?" the Syrian envoy, Dr. Bashar Al-Ja'afari, asked. 

Al-Ja'afri also accused UN Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov of being equivocal rather than definitive in calling out Israel's "daily crimes" and breaches of UN resolutions.

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The diplomat also blasted Israel's annexation of the Golan Heights, claiming that Syria has a "permanent right that is not subject to negotiation" to the area and repeating its intention to restore sovereignty over all its lost territories.

Syria's U.N. ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari attends a session of Syria peace talks in Astana, Kazakhstan November 29, 2018.
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On Sunday night, the Israeli military announced that it struck Syrian and Iranian targets, including sites of the Guards' Quds Force, in response to a surface-to-surface missile fired toward northern Israel a day earlier. Satellite images show that damage was incurred to several structures in Damascus International Airport. Twenty-one people were killed in the strike, according to a war watchdog report on Tuesday, which also noted that at least 12 of them were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

Israeli officials, meanwhile, believe Iran will respond more aggressively to recent Israeli strikes as the civil war nears its end and the country is carved up into areas of control.