Israeli officials were incredulous on Sunday that the Obama White House had once again spilled the beans about a discrete Israeli military operation in Syira.
Last Wednesday, a military base on Syria's Mediterranean coast that was housing advanced missile systems was destroyed in a sudden attack from the sea.
A day later, an unnamed American official casually revealed to CNN that Israel had indeed been behind the attack, and that the target had been missiles earmarked for delivery to Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist militia.
The leak "came directly from the White House," reported Israel's Channel 2 News, which noted this was not the first time the Obama Administration had "outed" secretive Israeli military actions.
Such behavior was "scandalous," especially coming from Israel's top ally, an infuriated Israeli official told Channel 10 News.
Experts debating the issue on Israeli television over the weekend said it was nothing short of puzzling why Washington was allowing such dangerous leaks.
They explained that American officials were doing grave harm to Israeli national security and actually moving the region much closer to full-scale war.
Said one expert on a Channel 2 News panel:
"By exposing that Israel is behind the attacks, the US is bringing us nearer to the day in which [Syrian president Bashar] Assad will no longer be able to swallow these provocations, and he will have to respond, and if he responds then Israel will probably have to respond in kind, and then maybe, in the White House, people will clap their hands, because they have started a very large fire here."
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