Israel will respond with "full force" to any Syrian counter-attack, President Shimon Peres warned Thursday morning, commenting on reports emerging from radical corners of the Arab world that have threatened Israel in retaliation if the West attacks Syria.
In a special meeting at the
Jerusalem District Police headquarters, Peres stated: "Israel is not and
has not been involved in the civil war in Syria, but if they try to
hurt us, we will respond with full force."
In an effort to calm
the nation, the president dismissed violent political rhetoric directed
against Israel, saying that such
statements were "intended to create panic. Israel is experienced enough
[in these situations] so as not to not be drawn into false propaganda."
reports surface of anxious Israelis flooding the gas mask distribution
centers, anticipating an attack on Israel in response to any strike by
the US and its allies on Syria over the regime’s probable use of
chemical weapons, Peres reminded his citizens that Israel has a strong
and powerful army.
"Remember that Israel has a strong army, and new, powerful protection
systems that have never failed to protect the land, skies and the safety
of its citizens," Peres said.
"What happened in Syria is not just
a local event, but a crime against humanity and international law, and
therefore the responsible world wishes to respond," Peres stated,
referring to the international debate over intervention in Syria.
on the horror of the images that have shocked the world of chemical attacks on Syrian citizens, Peres said
Syria has violated all moral boundaries, and referenced US President
Barack Obama's speech stating that there can be no such violation of
international law and mass murder without an adequate response.
time the response must be global rather than local," Peres said, urging
the international community to act on the situation.