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Conference Call: Holding Firm on Syria Red Lines with Middle East Analyst Dr. Jonathan Spyer

In early May, Israel was forced to protect itself again and stop terrorists from obtaining chemical weapons and the 'game-changing' advanced weapons terrorists could use to deliver them and attack the Jewish State. 

Israel struck Iranian-made, Hezbollah-bound weapons in Syria on Sunday, as well as other sensitive military facilities, including those under the auspices of Hezbollah and Iran's Quds Force, Western government sources told TheTower.org. This was potentially the second round of Israeli strikes on Syria in the previous few days. 

These strikes, which are part and parcel of Israel enforcing its red line against the transfer of advanced Syrian weapons to terrorist groups, have drawn full support from the United States, with President Obama making clear that the U.S. and Israel are "coordinating closely." 

In an interview with Telemundo on Saturday, the President was blunt: As far as America is concerned, Israel is taking steps that are not only right, but that protect us all. "Israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. And we coordinate closely with the Israelis." President Barack Obama, May 4, 2013.

President Obama’s comment is a reiteration of his support for actions that Israel is taking to protect Western interests and maintain a long-established red line against the transfer of Syrian and Iranian advanced conventional and unconventional weapons to terrorist groups. 

TIP held an inside discussion with one of the foremost Middle East analysts, Jonathan Spyer on what the Israeli strikes and the threat of weapons transfers means for Israel and the United States . 

About The Speaker

Jonathan Spyer is London-born, but has lived in Jerusalem for the past 16 years. His background is in research and public service in Israel. Dr. Spyer's articles and analysis of the current political situation in the Middle East have been published in a number of important journals, including the Guardian, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post, MERIA, the Forward and others.

May 06, 2013 at 1pm - 1:47pm

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