Yisrael Katz, Israel's minister for intelligence affairs, said Thursday during a radio interview that the incident several hours earlier at Damascus international airport was completely in line with his country's policy of preventing the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizballah. Katz, who is visiting Washington, made the comment in an interview by IDF radio station Galei Tzahal. Several hours earlier, he met with Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's special envoy to the Middle East.
The incident at the airport may be connected to an Israeli response to an offensive launched early in the morning by a force of Syrian, Iranian and Hizballah troops in southern Syria near the Israeli border. For details, see DEBKAfile's special report.