Israel’s Environment Minister Gilad Erdan describes Tel Aviv’s 2007 airstrike on an area in the city of Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria as “the right step.”
"…in any event, the right step was taken," Erdan said, referring to the aerial assault in September 2007 when on the reported orders of former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, at least four Israeli fighters crossed into the Syrian airspace and pounded the area, Reuters reported on Tuesday.
Former US President George W. Bush confirmed the "execution of the strike” in his memoir, which was published last year, saying the attack “made up for the confidence I had lost in the Israelis during the  Lebanon war." Bush also claimed that he had resisted the former Israeli premier's request from Washington to undertake the strike.
"Olmert told me he wanted total secrecy. He wanted to avoid anything that might back Syria into a corner and force [Syrian President Bashar] Assad to retaliate. This was his operation, and I felt an obligation to respect his wishes," Bush wrote.
The assault was followed by a significant rise in tensions between Israel and Syria, which are technically at war due to Tel Aviv's 1967-present occupation of the Golan Heights in southwestern Syria.