While President Donald Trump hailed his joint military air strikes, with France and Britain against Syria, as a “Mission Accomplished”, the main United States ally in the region had a different view. Israel characterized the action as a failure.
“It’s certainly not a pleasant experience to be hit with over 100 Tomahawk cruise missiles fired by a superpower like the United States,” a senior Israeli Cabinet member told Al-Monitor.
“Still, it is obvious to us that this attack does not increase America’s deterrent capacity in the region in any significant way, nor does it indicate whether President Donald Trump is planning what we would like to see happen in the future.”
Once the dust settles, it will become clear that President Trump did the minimum he could, which is far from what really needs to happen in order to rein in Bashar al-Assad, Putin and Nasrallah.”
The official referred to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, all seen by Israel as central to any current conflicts in Syria.
The strike on Friday involved 105 missiles fired from air and sea onto three targets suspected of being chemical weapons facilities. Israeli officials had much to say to state media about the effectiveness, or lack thereof, however.
“If President Trump had ordered the strike only to show that the US responded to Assad’s use of chemical weapons, then that goal has been achieved,” Israel’s Ynetnews quoted from a senior Israeli defense official.
But if there was another objective — such as paralyzing the ability to launch chemical weapons or deterring Assad from using it again — it’s doubtful any of these objectives have been met.”