Israeli Jets Buzz Syrian President’s Home
Israeli warplanes buzzed the home of Syrian President Bashar Assad in a not-so-subtle message that he should help pressure the Hamas government of the Palestinian Authority to pressure terrorists to release a 19-year-old soldier they’ve taken hostage.
Israeli warplanes buzzed the seaside home of Syria’s president and bombed Hamas targets in Gaza on Wednesday to pressure Palestinian militants to free a kidnapped Israeli soldier. Fighter jets also knocked out electricity and water supplies for most of the 1.3 million residents of the Gaza Strip. Three bridges also were destroyed to keep militants from moving Cpl. Gilad Shalit, 19, who was taken hostage Sunday by three Hamas-affiliated groups.
Israeli military officials said on condition of anonymity that warplanes flew low over the home of Syrian President Bashar Assad because he has sheltered Hamas leaders, who Israel blames for masterminding the kidnapping.
At some point, I suppose, one’s patience runs out. Still, this is akin to swatting a gnat with a sledgehammer.