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Israeli media on Friday warned that an alleged air strike on a convoy carrying arms from Syria to Lebanon’s Hezbollah could set off a chain reaction, and reported troops on high alert in the country’s north.
There was still no official Israeli comment on Syrian claims that Israeli warplanes bombed a military site near Damascus on Wednesday or on separate reports that its aircraft struck a weapons convoy along the Syria-Lebanon border.
Newspapers, however, seemed to have little doubt on what had happened or the likely consequences.
“Complete restraint over the long term to Israel’s actions could be considered weakness by Hezbollah, so we should expect some form of response, even if not immediately and not necessarily a broad rocket and missile attack on Israel,” defence commentator Amos Harel wrote in the left-leaning Haaretz daily.
The Syrian army’s chief of staff threatens his country will respond to an alleged Israeli airstrike “when the time is right.”
By Elad Benari
Syria will respond to the “Zionist aggression” at the appropriate time which it will decide, the Syrian army’s chief of staff threatened on Thursday night. According to a report on Channel 2 News, General Ali Abdullah Ayub made the comments as he visited with various field units of the Syrian army. He was referring to the alleged Israeli airstrike on a Syrian site which may have been involved in manufacturing chemical and biological weapons. Meanwhile, reported Channel 2, the Syrian government convened a special meeting in Damascus during which its defense minister updated the cabinet about the attack and the damage that was caused to the facility that was hit. “We will not show weakness in the face of the attempted provocation of our enemies,” Ayub was quoted as having told the Syrian fighters, adding, “We are aware of the dimensions of the challenge with which we are dealing, as well as of our capabilities. We will use those capabilities whenever we decide to do so. As commander of this army, I can say that it was a serious error to test our strength.” The Syrian chief of staff accused Israel of operating “terrorist groups” in his country and said that “there is a close tie between the Zionists and the gangs responsible for the systematic murder our people.”
He added, “Our struggle with the Zionist enemy continues and will never end, but we have the ability to respond to the schemes it is concocting.”
Deputy Iranian foreign minister says alleged Israeli strike will have ‘serious implications’ for Tel Aviv while Syrian envoy threatens to launch ‘surprise attack’. Meanwhile Syria summons UN Golan commander to protest attack
Syria and Iran have threatened to retaliate for an alleged Israeli air raid near the capital Damascus.
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus has “the option and the surprise to retaliate.” He said he cannot predict when the retaliation will be, saying it is up to relevant authorities to prepare for it.
“Israel, the Americans and the Arab regimes that have conspired together know that Syria will defend its sovereignty and its land,” he said. “The Zionist aggression exposes Israel’s part in the war against Syria.”
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“We are reaching our hand out for peace with Syria, but peace cannot exist without a basic condition: You cannot reach a hand out for peace while continuing to support terror groups.”
Syrian president says his Russian counterpart relayed message from Israeli president that Jewish state will be willing to withdraw from Golan Heights if Damascus cuts its ties with Tehran, ‘resistance movements’. Assad takes offer lightly, says ‘reality proves Israel is not working for peace’ Roee Nahmias
Syrian President Bashar Assad says his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, relayed a message from President Shimon Peres last week, that Israel was willing to withdraw from the Golan Heights in exchange for Syria cutting its ties with Iran and the “resistance movements”.