But Amos Yadlin, a former IDF general, said it seemed the Islamic State had deliberately targeted Israel, looking to take advantage of the IDF’s policy of striking forces belonging to Syrian President Bashar Assad in response to spillover violence.
According to Israel’s Hadashot news, the missiles fell somewhere into the Sea of Galilee, some 50 meters from beach-goers at the popular tourist site. As of Thursday evening, the army had not announced if they had located the projectiles.
The decision to hit the IS launcher came a week after Israel signaled it was would not interfere with Assad’s retaking of the Syrian Golan Heights and would seek to make sure the 1974 agreement demarcating the separation of Israeli and Syrian forces be kept.
Israel’s non-interference strategy was complicated on Tuesday, when it shot down a Syrian fighter jet it said had entered its airspace. The army later signaled that the plane had likely accidentally strayed over the border during bombing runs against IS in the Yarmouk Basin, but Israeli leaders said the incident was an important message about Israel taking the 1974 line seriously.
Yadlin said with IS and other rebel groups still holding pockets in the Golan and Idlib, Assad had little interest in opening a new front against Israel.