US warned Israel of Syrian strikes in advance: report
The U.S. notified Israel on Friday before it carried out missile strikes on Syrian targets, an Israeli official told Reuters.
The official said Israel received the warning between 12 and 24 hours before the attack was carried out. A U.S. embassy spokesperson confirmed the Israeli official’s comment to Reuters.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the U.S. for the joint missile strikes it carried out with the U.K. and France that targeted three chemical weapons facilities in Syria.
“Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle,” Netanyahu said in a written statement.
Netanyahu warned that the Syrian government is endangering itself by giving Iran and its proxies a “forward base.”
Syria, Iran and Russia have said Israel was behind a recent air strike on a Syrian air base that left seven Iranians dead. Israel has not commented on the attack.
Friday’s missile strike was in response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus that the Syrian government is widely believed to be behind.