Anticipating US Intervention in Syria, Israel, Iran, Prepare for Clash (JEWISH PRESS) By: Jacob Edelist 05/31/12)
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Addressing the Iranian threat, Northern Command Chief Maj. Gen. Yair
Golan said, “Iran is here, we fight an indirect war against Iran on a
daily basis – against Hamas in the Gaza Strip and Hezbollah in
Lebanon. The negative influence of Iran is extremely significant in
our region as well as its involvement both here and in Syria.”
Maj. Gen. Golan spoke on Wednesday at the Bar-Ilan University Begin-
Sadat Center for Strategic Studies, addressing the current security
conditions at Israel’s northern border in the face of terrorist
organizations operating against Israel at the various fronts.
“The IDF has the capability to take over in a relatively short period
of time the launching sites which threaten Israel’s home front, and
defeat Hezbollah terrorists at these sites,” emphasized Maj. Gen.
Golan. “In all my years in the IDF, I fought against Hezbollah, I
know their fighting techniques and can confidently say they are
capable of interrupting but not stopping the IDF.”
Also on Wednesday, acting Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani
said that any crisis caused by a military intervention in Syria would
definitely engulf Israel.
“U.S. military officials probably have a poor understanding of
themselves and regional issues because Syria is in no way similar to
Libya, and (the effects of) creating another Benghazi in Syria would
spread to Palestine, and ash rising from the flames would definitely
envelop the Zionist regime,” Larijani stated.
“It seems that the United States and the West are seeking to pave the
way for a new crisis,” he added.
For his part, Maj. Gen. Golan warned that “al-Qaeda terrorists
located in Syria today and operating against the Syrian regime might
in time attack Israel.” He estimated that “the Syrian threat against
Israel demands our attention,” suggesting a clash with the
Syrians “will not happen tomorrow morning, but it might happen in the
The Northern Command Chief said that the arsenal of weapons at the
Syrian regime’s disposal poses another threat to Israel. “Syria has
mass-destruction weapons alongside a large, advanced arsenal that
includes surface-to-surface missiles, anti-ship missiles, and nuclear
weapons. The fact that Syria is a weapon storage facility that
supplies terrorist organizations in the region – bothers us a great
Israel has been warning for years now that Syria provides Hezbollah
with advanced weapons systems. Hezbollah operates training bases in
Syria and keeps its own arsenals of weapons there. Recently Syria was
reported to have moved Scud missiles to Hezbollah camps in Lebanon,
and set up advanced SA missiles on the mountains of Lebanon.
With the Syrian regime nearing collapse, terrorist elements could be
in position to acquire Syria’s cache of weapons. (© 2012 JewishPress.
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