As you know, Israel has confirmed they destroyed a nuclear facility in Syria in 2007. The IDF is now releasing additional information, including pictures of the aircraft and pilots who flew the mission:
The IDF has also posted an interesting article regarding the intelligence-gathering effort that took place prior to the attack. Read The intel operation behind the attack on the Syrian nuclear facility in 2007.
Questions are flying: After many years of neither confirming nor denying military action, why now? Why over 10 years later? What does it matter at this point?
I’m sure there is more depth to the answers than what I know, but my take on it is this: There is at least one other known nuclear facility in Syria, and Benjamin Netanyahu and other government officials have stated time and time again Israel will not allow their enemies to become nuclear-armed. Thus, Israel seems to be sending a message to the world that, if necessary, they will take action against that nuclear facility as well. Of course, despite the fact there are many nations and terrorist groups committing incredible atrocities in Syria, Israel will be castigated by nations around the world if they take action in Syria. I believe they are sending a warning and laying down a level of resistance to those who will condemn them.
Pray for wisdom! Israel faces big time challenges. Do they attack and risk alienating their friends and allies, or do they sit tight, hoping the world community wakes up to the danger posed to Israel and comes to their aid? I have a sickening feeling they believe the former rather than the later. Regardless, these are trying times for those making critical decisions. Please pray for Benjamin Netanyahu, his Defense and Intelligence teams, and those in decision-making positions. Pray, also, that the US will continue to stand strongly with Israel.