ISRAEL - Government Admits Bombing Syrian Nuclear Reactor in 2007

Arno Froese

Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.

It said the reactor was being constructed with help from North Korea and had been months away from activation. Amos Yadlin, Israel’s military intelligence chief at the time, said on Israel Radio that even with a functioning reactor, it would have taken Syria years to build a nuclear weapon.

One [intelligence report], dated March 30, 2007, said: “Syria has set up, within its territory, a nuclear reactor for the production of plutonium, through North Korea, which according to an (initial) worst-case assessment is liable to be activated in approximately another year. To our assessment [REDACTED] secretive and orderly [REDACTED] for achieving a nuclear weapon.”

A series of black-and-white videos, taken above the target, shows the structure in cross-hairs. A male voice is heard counting down three seconds, a cloud of black smoke rises from the structure as it explodes. Other footage appears to show the aftermath—a smoldering hole in the ground.

“Arizona,” one pilot radioed to military headquarters in Tel Aviv, giving the code word for a successful operation., 20 March 2018

Arno's commentary

Why was this top-secret event made public? Some intelligence experts assume it is a hint to Iran, concerning their nuclear activity with the possible aim of producing weapons.

Twenty-six years earlier, on 7 June 1981, Israel’s air force destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor under construction not far from Baghdad. Iran, therefore, is well informed regarding Israel’s air force capabilities. According to reliable reports, Iran’s nuclear facilities are distributed in various places throughout the country. Israel will not permit nuclear weapons to be developed by countries openly hostile to the nation.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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