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BEIRUT, Lebanon – Israel’s recent airstrikes on Syria are calculated to force Iran to respond, thus opening the door for a counter-attack aimed at Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to sources in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

The Jewish state believes Iran is in the process of making nuclear weapons.

Sources here say the two airstrikes in three days on Syria have gotten the expected response from Tehran, and the Islamic Republic and its proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, have pledged full support of Syria, suggesting they would launch their own attacks in response.

While sources say that the immediate airstrikes were aimed at weapons transfers from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon, the intent actually is aimed at provoking a response from Tehran that will provide a basis for an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear enrichment facilities.

Israel believes that Iran is approaching the point that the uranium which already has been enriched will form a stockpile that can be further enriched to nuclear weapons grade of 90 percent or more to acquire the means of making nuclear weapons.

Israel believes Iran technologically is fast approaching, if it hasn’t already reached, the point at which it has declared a “red line” in achieving weapons-grade enrichment for nuclear weapons.

Israel believes that it not only must knock out what it perceives is Iran’s nuclear weapons development program but it also views Iran and Hezbollah as providing fighters to sustain the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

If the Syrian regime survives, Israel believes that it then could be threatened with Iranian missiles aimed at its heartland.

As WND/G2Bulletin recently pointed out, Syria for all intents and purposes has its military and intelligence being run primarily by Iran. Iranian Revolutionary Guard members are not only training but fighting in Syria, as are fighters from Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah.

Analysts believe having al-Assad’s regime rely on Hezbollah fighters may have been calculated by the Syrian president to draw Israel into the conflict, believing Tel Aviv supports the Syrian opposition.

The Israeli airstrikes also could give the Syrian president a basis to suggest that Tel Aviv actually is aiding Syrian opposition forces to oust his regime.

The Israeli airstrikes aren’t without risk, since this perception could prompt Syria to retaliate by firing missiles into Israel.

Israel may have calculated, however, that because Syria has its hands full fighting opposition forces that the attacks were worth the risk.

However, these sources believe that the real target in striking Syria is aimed at Iran. Israel had expectations that a wedge could be driven between Damascus and Tehran, with the prospect of weakening the al-Assad regime until it fell.

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