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Barak on Syria: When we say something – we mean it

Posted By yihan On February 3, 2013 @ 7:10 am In World News | Comments Disabled

Ynet News.com [1]
February 3, 2013

Israel [2]‘s defense minister made his country’s first public comments Sunday on an airstrike [3] in Syria [4], suggesting that Israel had been behind the attack.

US officials have said the attack hit a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons inside Syria bound for the militant Lebanese Hezbollah [5]group, but Israel hasn’t publicly acknowledged the airstrike.

In the days ahead of the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [6] and other top officials repeatedly warned of the dangers of Syrian weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah and other hostile elements in the region.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak [7] brought the issue up at a gathering of the world’s top diplomats and defense officials in Germany, initially saying: “I cannot add anything to what you have read in the newspapers about what happened in Syria several days ago.”

But, addressing the audience in English, he then added: “I keep telling frankly that we said – and that’s proof when we said something we mean it – we say that we don’t think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon [8].”

Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war, Israeli leaders have repeatedly expressed fears that if Syria were to disintegrate, President Bashar Assad [9] could lose control of his chemical weapons and other arms.

On Saturday night, Netanyahu, who is in the process of forming a new ruling coalition [10], said his new government would have to deal with weapons “being stockpiled near us and threatening our cities and civilians” – an apparent reference to the deteriorating situation in Syria.

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[1] Ynet News.com: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4340261,00.html

[2] Israel: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284752,00.html

[3] airstrike: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4339977,00.html

[4] Syria: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4132932,00.html

[5] Hezbollah: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284023,00.html%20

[6] Benjamin Netanyahu: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3482383,00.html%20

[7] Ehud Barak: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3418778,00.html

[8] Lebanon: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284170,00.html%20

[9] Bashar Assad: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3284205,00.html%20%20

[10] forming a new ruling coalition: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4340110,00.html

[11] Israel vows Syria strike at any sign of chemical arms transfer: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israel-vows-syria-strike-at-any-sign-of-chemical-arms-transfer.html

[12] Did Obama Give Israel Go-Ahead With Syria?: http://www.prisonplanet.com/did-obama-give-israel-go-ahead-with-syria.html

[13] Israeli strike in Syria might be first in series: http://www.prisonplanet.com/israeli-strike-in-syria-might-be-first-in-series.html

[14] PM: Israel preparing for far-reaching changes in Syria: http://www.prisonplanet.com/pm-israel-preparing-for-far-reaching-changes-in-syria.html

[15] Barak hints at another war with Lebanon: http://www.prisonplanet.com/barak-hints-at-another-war-with-lebanon.html

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