London: Israel is said to be considering more attacks in Syria and Lebanon following the air strikes on a weapons convoy this week.
Officials stated the risks of military action to prevent Hizbollah getting sophisticated weapons outweighed the threats of a response from both Syria and Iran, the Telegraph reports.
A third battery of its Iron Dome protective missile system was moved up to the border with Lebanon to prepare for any retaliation from Hizbollah for Israel`s reported attack on anti-aircraft missiles being supplied to the militant group by Syria, the paper added.
Government security officials said Israeli jets resumed flights near the Syrian border on Friday, and a well-connect analyst revealed more cross-border strikes were likely.
Ephraim Kam, deputy director Israeli`s Institute of National Security Studies and a retired intelligence colonel, said that the risks posed by Iran-allied militants like Hizbollah and Hamas getting their hands on parts of Syria`s arsenal of chemical and advanced weaponry were considered far greater than the threat of retaliation, the paper reported.
Israel has refused formally or even informally to admit to the attack on the convoy, on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, but its military were upbeat about the consequences, predicting that both Syria and Hizbollah were too weak to carry out their threats.
Major General Eyal Ben Reuven, deputy commander of Israel`s northern command, despite the Iron Dome redeployments, said he believed Israel`s enemies to its north were toothless, the paper further said.