Irish Times 
Feb 4, 2013
Syrian president Bashar al-Assad has today accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week.
State media reported Dr Assad as saying Syria was able to confront “current threats …and aggression”.
Dr Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran’s national security council secretary, in the Syrian capital. It was his first reported response to the attack.
State news agency SANA quoted Mr Jalili as reaffirming Tehran’s “full support for the Syrian people…facing the Zionist aggression, and its continued coordination to confront the conspiracies and foreign projects”.