Following a Damascus bombing that killed several members of Syrian President Bashar Assad's inner circle, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry said that Israel was carefully monitoring developments inside Syria, but would say little else.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to government sources, spoke during the day with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other officials who were carefully monitoring the situation.

Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom said on Israel Radio that Israel was preparing for all contingencies, but would not become actively involved in the developments in Syria. He said there were those who wanted Israel to get involved. precisely because they wanted to blame those who would receive Israeli assistance for collaborating with Israel.

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