Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, praised the country's security forces, for destroying a Syrian nuclear facility in 2007, after the secret mission was declassified on Wednesday.
Netanyahu released the remark after the Israeli censor lifted an 11-year gag order, confirming for the first time that, Israel was behind the so-called "Outside the Box Operation."
"The government of Israel, Israel Defence Forces and the Mossad, prevented Syria from developing a nuclear capability," Netanyahu said in the statement, adding, "They deserve every appreciation for it."
He stopped short of threatening Syria's ally, Iran, with a similar attack, but warned that Israel's policy "was and remains consistent, to prevent our enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons."
Israel fears that Iran, its arch-foe, will establish a permanent military presence in Syria.
According to documents released by the army, on Sept 6, Israeli fighter jets carried air strikes on a partially-completed nuclear facility in al-Kubar, near Deirez-Zor, 450 km north-east of Damascus.
The strikes "irreversibly" destroyed the reactor.
Several months after the strike, the United States announced that, intelligence indicated, the site was a nuclear reactor with a military purpose, although Syria denied it.
Source: NAM News Network