Ukraine fighting reportedly not expected to keep Israel from bombing Syria

Israel’s Army Radio reports that defense officials believe that the fighting in Ukraine will not negatively impact Israeli sorties against Iran-backed forces in Syria.

Russia, a major backer of Syria, has mostly turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks, though it has also condemned them at times and has also cut off coordination in response to specific events.

According to the report, some in Israel think the fighting in Ukraine will give Israel a greater degree of freedom over Syria’s skies.

“We’re telegraphing ‘business as usual’ to the Russians,” a defense official tells the station. “It’s important not to broadcast a misleading message.”

Israel reportedly bombed positions in Syria twice this week, including strikes near Damascus early Thursday that came hours before Russia launched its attack on Ukraine.

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