Lieberman praises Syria air strike

October 10, 2007 23:47

Says he agrees with Yadlin's assessment that Israel's deterrence has been restored since the Second Lebanon War.

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Strategic Affairs Minister Avigdor Lieberman became the first minister to openly address the September 6 IAF attack in Syria on Tuesday when he praised the attack in private conversations during a tour of Samarian settlements and outposts. Lieberman said he agreed with the assessment of OC Military Intelligence Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin that Israel's deterrence had been restored since the Second Lebanon War. When Yadlin made the comment to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on September 16, the IDF denied that he was referring to the IAF attack, but Lieberman suggested otherwise. "What we did, according to foreign sources, was very important," Lieberman said. "We completed stage one [of restoring deterrence] successfully. Stage two has to be halting the firing of Kassam rockets." Likud chairman Binyamin Netanyahu was criticized when he openly praised the attack on Channel 1 last month. Science, Culture and Sport Minister Ghaleb Majadle also faced criticism when he said regarding the attack that the IDF regularly flew over Syria. But this was the first time a minister in such a sensitive position spoke about the maneuver.

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