Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday said Israel cannot accept Hezbollah getting unconventional weapons from Syria, although backed off statements he made Friday about possible military operations to prevent such a situation.

"It's not appropriate to say what we will do or when we will do what, but we cannot accept Hezbollah acquiring unconventional weapons," he told Army Radio.

The Israeli defense establishment is closely following developments in Syria and asserted that President Bashar Assad and his family are on the way out. However, it is the Syrian people who will depose him, "It is not up to us."

"The only people helping [Assad] are Iran and Hezbollah," the defense minister added.

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