Acknowledging Syria Airstrikes, IDF Chief Vows to Stop Hezbollah From Getting WMDs

December 9, 2016

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Israel “does what is necessary” to prevent game-changing weapons from falling into the Hezbollah terror group’s hands, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

“Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria. Our policies and positions are very clear, and they are based on three red lines: We will not allow any harm to come to the Israeli public, we will not allow anyone to undermine Israel’s sovereignty, and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah,” Lieberman said Thursday.

Thursday’s statement echoed similar remarks Lieberman made in a meeting Wednesday with European Union ambassadors in Jerusalem.

“Israel does what is necessary first and foremost to maintain public security and defend our sovereignty, as we try to prevent the smuggling for sophisticated weapons, military equipment, and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah,” he said.

Lieberman’s comments were widely construed as responding indirectly to Arab media reports suggesting that Israeli fighter jets struck the Mezzeh Military Airport near Damascus. Several Arabic-language outlets, including Qatar’s Al Jazeera and Saudi Arabia’s Al Arabiya, reported of a series of large explosions at the airport, which caused a raging fire.

The Syrian government denied an attack had taken place, saying only that a fire had broken out at the airport over a “technical malfunction,” whose nature was not specified.

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