war on the rocks

Israel Conducted Rare Daytime Air Strikes in Syria

January 24, 2019

Episode Notes:

Israel conducted rare daytime strikes on Iranian targets in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport on Sunday and Monday. These strikes are indicative of an overall increase in Israeli air strikes across the country.

Elizabeth Tsurkov, Research Fellow, specializing on Syria at the Forum for Regional Thinking in Israel, discusses the nature of the air campaign and the IDF's current objectives for managing the conflict in Syria. (~11 minutes)

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:43 ] Targets of the strikes
[ 3:40 ] Efficacy of Israel's current air campaign
[ 5:40 ] Perceptions of U.S. Middle East policy
[ 8:41 ] How Israeli engagement may adapt with a U.S. withdrawal