What to say about such a tragedy? [shrugging] "The moving finger writes and having writ moves on ..."
Of more pressing concern for me is cooperation between the IDF and al Qaeda in Syria. Is it possible that the incident Israel used as justification to bomb Syria the other night was staged by al Qaeda? If it was a false flag and not an outright lie, al Qaeda would be the prime suspect.
From Moon of Alabama, June 24, 2017: Israel's Fire Support For Its Al-Qaeda Mercenaries Started Three Years Ago
Al-Qaeda attacked a Syrian Arab Army position in Madinat al-Baath (map) next to the Israel occupied Golan heights. Al-Qaeda requested Israeli fire-support by launching some mortars towards empty space in the Israel occupied area. The Israeli Defense Force accepted the request and destroyed two Syrian Arab Army tanks. Two Syrian soldiers were killed. The SAA held steady and the al-Qaeda attack on its position failed.
This was very easy to predict. Israel has supported al-Qaeda in the area since at least 2014. The al-Qaeda fire-request-by-mortar scheme has been in place for at least three years. In October 2014 the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), which back then still covered the area, reported to the UN Security Council:
On 23 June , Israel targeted nine Syrian army positions with tank fire and air strikes after mortar fire from the Syrian side the previous day killed an Israeli civilian. Israel’s assessment is that most of these incidents are due to errant fire resulting from fighting in Syria. Israel said that armed opposition groups were probably responsible but that its forces fired on Syrian military positions to stress that Syria was responsible for security on its side of the ceasefire line.
The UN observers mentioned the "black flags" the "rebels" were using. The "rebels" in that area are al-Qaeda forces. This "fire support request by mortar" scheme has been repeated again and again.
The Israeli argument is an insult to logic: The Syrian army is responsible for keeping al-Qaeda out of the area so we respond to "errant" al-Qaeda fire by [attacking] the Syrian army.
But 'western' and Israeli media have not reported or analyzed the obvious scheme. This even as the theater act gets repeated over and over again. They lie and simply report the "errant fire" nonsense even when it is clear that this is coordinated military support for al-Qaeda. For years they have hidden Israeli support for al-Qaeda and deep involvement in the Syrian war.
Consider Israel's Haaretz, which only today(!) headlines: Analysis - Israel’s Slow Creep Into the Syrian Civil War. That "slow creep" Haaretz analyzes as a new phenomenon started at least three years ago and was neither slow nor a creep. It is full-fledged support for terrorism and has been since the beginning.
The Wall Street Journal, also three years late, reported last week that Israel had set up a special IDF unit to advise, train, support and control al-Qaeda in the Golan area: Israel Gives Secret Aid to Syrian Rebels
Israel even pays al-Qaeda's salaries:
The person familiar with Israel’s assistance confirmed that cash moves across the border but said it goes for humanitarian purposes. However, rebels interviewed said they use the cash to pay fighters’ salaries and to buy weapons and ammunition—something the Israeli military wouldn’t comment on.