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Iran says an attack on Syria would provoke retaliation on Israel
By Olga Brajnović Posted in Middle East, World and Politics on August 29, 2013 3 Comments
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“Any attack on Syria would burn down Israel,” said Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces.

Syria’s Prime Minister Wael Al-Halqi also warned that any Western military intervention would turn Syria into “a graveyard of any invader,”. Asked in New York whether Syria would strike Israel in retaliation for any attack, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Ja’afari, said: “We have the right to self-defense under the U.N. charter,” informs the Wall Street Journal.

Israeli Intelligent experts consider that If Assad involves Israel in this conflict, it will increase the danger to the regime – and even threaten Assad’s personal survival, according to Haaretz.

In Israel, citizens are waiting in queues to get gas masks just in case an attack happens. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are trying to calm down the population explaining that there is only a “low probability” that Israel will be dragged “into the approaching conflict between the United States and Syria”, informs Haaretz.

According to Haaretz, the Israeli Government is trying to sell the message that the possible attack on Syria “is an American matter”. “The small chance of Israeli involvement is only a result of Israel’s proximity to its Syrian neighbor; and because Syrian President Bashar Assad will want to avenge the American attack by choosing an Israeli target. Intelligence experts rate such a scenario as unlikely, explaining that it would achieve exactly the opposite of what Assad wants. The Syrian regime is interested in shortening the conflict with the Americans, in order to contain the damage and return to the battle with the rebels”.  Haaretz explains.

The IDF is getting ready to face a possible attack with reservists mobilizations and anti-missile weapons deployments.

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