Former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi denied knowledge on Tuesday of Israel’s alleged bombing of a nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007.

“I woke up this morning to radio and newspaper reports that the IDF bombed the Syrian reactor in 2007,” Ashkenazi said at the annual Calcalist conference in Tel Aviv. “I have no idea what they are talking about, but I do know that not everything must be spoken about.”

The New Yorker published details of the raid on Monday.

The article’s author, David Makovsky spoke to Army Radio about the strikes, saying that Israel kept the matter quiet because it did not want to “put Assad in a corner.”

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