|Israeli Airstrikes on Syria|
IFSA-Butler is closely monitoring a reported Israeli airstrike on Syria. Despite the airstrikes, Ulpan courses are proceeding normally at Hebrew University.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, Israel carried out an airstrike Wednesday night on the Lebanese/Syrian border against an arms convoy on the Syrian side of the border. The convoy was reportedly carrying Russian-made SA-17 missiles that Syria was trying to transfer to Hezbollah.
For several hours after the attack, Syria and Lebanon insisted nothing had happened along their mutual border, and Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it is responsible for the attack. Though some media outlets are reporting that Syria is threatening a military response, most analysts seem to agree that the Syrian government is neither interested nor able to respond militarily to last night's attack.
Our staff in Israel report that the general public in Israel remains relatively unconcerned at this time. In addition, there has been no change in the U.S. Department of State's Travel Warning for Israel.
IFSA-Butler has sent a notice to students in Israel reminding them to avoid travel to the Golan Heights, to maintain a low profile and to avoid potential conflict areas. Our staff in Israel are also following the safety procedures and advice of Hebrew University and local Israeli authorities.