In Tel Aviv, Israel’s security cabinet was called into emergency session Monday, April 30 to hear an “operational intelligence briefing” from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. No explanation was offered for the exceptional, unannounced session. Some sources tied the meeting to the missile strikes Sunday night on two Shiite command posts outside Hama and Aleppo in Syria that operate under Iranian Revolutionary Guards command. Various sources reported that 18 Iranian and Shiite personnel were killed.
DEBKAfile’s military sources have been following the trail of the Mike Pompeo on his first Middle East trip since his appointment as US Secretary of State. It lasted just three days. At his first port of call in Riyadh on Saturday, April 28, while he was sitting down with Saudi King Salman and his son, the strongman, Muhammed bin Salman, Saudi jets bombed the Yemeni interior ministry building in Sanaa. They achieved a direct hit on a meeting of top Houthi leaders. The Saudi air force evidently possessed precise intelligence about the time and whereabouts of the top-secret meeting of the pro-Iranian Houthi leaders.
Then on Sunday evening, about an hour after the press conference that followed secretary Pompeo’s meeting with Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, an unidentified hand launched the missile attacks on the pro-Iranian Shiite bases in Syria.