Today, Israeli jets yet again attacked a military target in Syria that was a weapons manufacturing plant. The target was just outside Homs. Israel doesn’t usually attack targets inside Syria unless they are directly connected to Iranian or Hezbollah interests. So it’s likely that this plant, called a “copper factory” in some accounts, played some role in manufacturing weapons used by either party.
And precisely in the same way Syria responded to the last such attack, it’s alleged Syria retaliated by firing a missile at the Israeli war plane. Coincidentally (or not), at almost the same time as the attack, Israeli air raid sirens sounded in many parts of the country (watch video above). Though the IDF announced that the sirens were a “false alarm,” I believe it’s likely they weren’t. If a Syrian missile was fired and Israeli tracking devices believed it could land inside Israeli territory, the Home Command would have sounded the sirens.
Though there have been false alarms inside Israel in the south (near Gaza and the Egyptian border), such phenomena are exceedingly rare in the center and north of the country. When sirens blast in those regions it means there was a credible threat of some kind detected.
In the previous incident, the Syrian missile actually landed in Jordan, so the IDF could neither conceal the fact nor lie about it (though I believe it did lie about the type of missile fired). If another missile was launched today as a result of the Israeli attack, calling the sirens a false alarm might mean the missile didn’t land in Israel and posed no danger. It could’ve landed in Syria or even in the sea. But that raises the question: if it was fired, where are its remnants? I’m awaiting word on a ghost missile. If one doesn’t turn up, it may be that my theory doesn’t hold up.
If the false alarm story is fake, then it likely means the Syrian missile didn’t pose a serious threat and the Israeli government doesn’t want to panic residents by making them feel they’re vulnerable to an attack from an Arab neighbor. Of course they are vulnerable to such an attack. But the government survives by pretending Israel is invincible. Until it isn’t…