A political official on Sunday night rejected the allegations made by Knesset members from the opposition, who claimed that airstrikes in Syria attributed to the Israeli air force were carried out due to political considerations of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ahead of upcoming elections.
"There is no political consideration in Israel's military moves, without reference to what happened or did not happen,” the official told Channel 2 News. “It is insolence to claim that the attack was launched because of this.”
The official said that even if Israel indeed attacked Syria, the move was planned long before the collapse of the government last week and certainly had no connection to Israeli politics.
Syria accused Israel earlier on Sunday of carrying out airstrikes against two government-held areas in Damascus province, prompting a response from MK Yifat Kariv (Yesh Atid), who claimed the alleged Israeli airstrikes were a calculated political move by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu before the elections.
"Bibi cannot put together an alternative coalition and decided to choose the path of terror and intimidation and inflaming the Middle East," Kariv stated shortly after the news aired. "Mr. Prime Minister, this time it will not work."
MK Issawi Freij (Meretz) made a similar claim, saying, "For every problem Netanyahu has one answer - security, and when necessary, even intimidation. Ask him about the cost of living, he will answer Iran, talk to him about health reforms, he will answer Hezbollah, and if by chance he will be reminded about equality, the answer will be ISIS. When this is Bibi's language, it is hard not to wonder whether once again political considerations were involved in the whole thing.”
MK Tamar Zandberg, also from Meretz, tweeted following news of the airstrikes, “Netanyahu began his election campaign with an attack in Damascus?”