Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA
While some reports claimed it was a mortar attack - including this video of
later reports shifted from claiming that such destruction was achieved by a
mortar strike to attributing it to an airborne attack.
One thing is clear: this took place at a time that the Russian S400 is in
#1. Samir Kuntar is hardly such a critical target for Israel that it would
employ techniques for engaging in operations within an active S-400 envelope
as any such operations would be studied in order to improve the S-400 so
that a repeat of the same technique would fail.
#2. The only conclusion that can be reached, therefore, is that the
operation took place with the knowledge of Russia that jets would operate at
specific locations within the S-400 envelope - and in this case in a route
that passed through the area of Syria's capital.
#3. The last thing a party would do is deceive Russia regarding the purpose
of a mission that involved entering the the S-400 envelope.
#4. All parties involved - Syria, Hezbolllah, etc. are also all aware of #2
Perhaps the MOST interesting thing for those covering this story as it plays
out is how #2 & #3 are related to by Syria, Hezbolllah, etc. both in their
formal forums and - probably more interesting - in remarks in social media.
Terror chief Samir Kuntar said killed in Israeli strike
Hezbollah-affiliated terrorist, who killed 4 Israelis in 1979, dead after
reported IAF attack near Damascus, along with 8 fighters
By Times of Israel staff December 20, 2015, 5:55 am
Arab media reported Sunday morning that Israel assassinated Lebanese
terrorist Samir Kuntar. Several Israeli Air Force missiles struck the
Damascus suburb of Jaramana, killing Kuntar and eight other operatives, in
the early hours of Sunday, the reports said.
The Assad regime blamed “terrorist groups” for the strike, but officials and
local media said Israel was responsible for it.
There was no official Israeli confirmation of the attack, although officials
expressed satisfaction over his death.
A Lebanese Druze, Kuntar became infamous for a brutal 1979 raid from Lebanon
in which he helped kidnap an Israeli family from Nahariya, then smashed the
head of a four-year-old Israeli girl, Einat Haran, with his rifle butt,
killing her. Three other Israelis, including her father, Danny Haran, were
killed in the attack. He was 16 at the time, a member of the Palestine
He spent 29 years in an Israeli prison before being traded to Hezbollah in
2008 in exchange for the bodies of IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud
Goldwasser. After that, he took on a senior role in the group, was honored
by then-Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and by Syrian President Bashar
Assad, and helped to organize Syrian Druze on the Golan Heights and
elsewhere into terror cells charged with carrying out attacks against
According to Reuters, the “National Defense Forces” in Jaramana, a militia
loyal to the Assad regime, mourned his death.
“His body has been sent to a Damascus hospital moments ago,” Reuters quoted
the group as saying.
Kuntar’s brother Bassam took to Twitter to mourn his death.
At least eight others were said killed in the alleged targeted
assassination, including a senior National Defense Forces commander who
Israeli media said was himself involved in attacks against Israel.
The building in which Kuntar was believed to be residing was “completely
destroyed” in the attack, according to initial reports.
Kuntar was previously reported killed by Israel in July. The report, by
Channel 2 and based on Arab sources, turned out to be false.
Five men were killed in that strike, which targeted a car on the Syrian
Golan. Three were identified by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for
Human Rights as belonging to a Druze militia based in the Syrian Druze
village of Hader and loyal to the Assad regime and Hezbollah. The other two
men were members of Hezbollah.