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Israeli counter-warning

Israeli counter-warning

The Assad regime has been warning that it will retaliate for Israel hitting missiles destined for Hezbollah, including by opening a terrorist front on the Golan Heights.

Israel has a counter-warning.

The New York Times reports:

In a clear warning to Syria to stop the transfer of advanced weapons to Islamic militants in the region, a senior Israeli official signaled on Wednesday that Israel was considering additional military strikes to prevent that from happening and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated.

“Israel is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah,” the Israeli official said. “The transfer of such weapons to Hezbollah will destabilize and endanger the entire region.”

“If Syrian President Assad reacts by attacking Israel, or tries to strike Israel through his terrorist proxies,” the official said, “he will risk forfeiting his regime, for Israel will retaliate.”

The Israeli official, who had been briefed by high-level officials on Israel’s assessment of the situation in Syria, declined to be identified, citing the need to protect internal Israeli government deliberations. He contacted The New York Times on Wednesday.


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Calypso Facto | May 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm

“he will risk forfeiting his regime, for Israel will retaliate.”

Gotta love Israeli non-ambiguity.

legalizehazing | May 16, 2013 at 1:13 pm

what are these leaders you refer to?

LukeHandCool | May 16, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Nine out of 10 hipsters got the following question wrong on the SAT’s logical analogy section:

Assad is to Hezbollah as Obama is to ____.


a) the IRS

radiofreeca | May 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

OTOH – it’s probably a lot easier for Israel to hit the missiles in transit, than when hidden. And I bet they get a lot of intel as the transfers are setup.

And of course – now Assad has a problem – if he doesn’t give Hezbollah missiles, he looks like he’s backed down, and Iran won’t be happy with him. And if he doesn’t – well he won’t like those consequences either.

It’s not always wise to raise the stakes when you’re playing missile poker – somebody might call your bluff.

    Estragon in reply to radiofreeca. | May 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Satellite tracking is my guess. When trucks leave for Lebanon, and don’t come from consumer warehouse districts but government depots, they ain’t carrying falafel.

radiofreeca | May 16, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Should we refer to Syria as a Russian/Iranian “client state”?

Israel’s just trying to assist their al-quaida allies.