""Israel not only invaded Syrian airspace, but apparently tried to execute some sort of secret strategic operation," said former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara in an article published on a Syrian website Monday.
Bishara, who fled Israel after he was suspected of aiding Hizbullah operatives during the Second Lebanon War, said he believed the Israeli Air Force attempted an attack on Syria and was not just trying to send a message. "Israel counted on Syria opting to keep (the invasion) quiet, rather than admit it happened," said Bishara.
"Based on (Israel's) recent statements regarding Russia's deployment in Syria, the purpose of the operation was apparently a strike on antiaircraft missile facilities or on other ground targets.
"This could also have been an attempt to expose a breach in Syrian radar, allowing somehow to make way to Iran. This, of course, was impossible without Turkey's cooperation which the Israelis didn't seem to have. Either that or Turkey was flustered when IAF fuel tanks were found in its territory, prompting it to ask for an official explanation.
Scoring military gain
"Without getting carried away," continued Bishara, "this was a full blown aerial operation and we are treading on dangerous ground. "We have to make sure Israel doesn't start a war with Syria or Lebanon and there is still a chance it would try to strike against one of them, for the sake of scoring military gain," he warned......"