Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Israel is not “interfering in the Syrian
civil war, but we’ve warned what our interests are, and we have called it ‘red
lines,’ whether it’s transferring quality weapons to a terrorist organization or
violating our sovereignty along the border.”
Ya’alon did not comment
directly on alleged air strikes in Syria last Friday and Sunday that targeted
advanced Iranian Fateh 110 missiles destined for Damascus.
instance where an Israeli red line is crossed, he warned, “We will act to
protect the security of Israel.”
Ya’alon spoke during a tour of the IDF
Southern Command on Monday.
He warned that any Syrian cross-border fire
will be answered by an immediate Israeli counterattack. Israeli forces in the
North are under orders to return fire without seeking approval from the defense
minister, chief of staff, or OC Northern Command, Ya’alon said.
they identify the source of the fire, they will destroy it,” he
Earlier, a Syrian shell exploded in the southern Golan Heights
after being fired during a battle between rebels and the Syrian army. It was the
third errant shell to fall in Israeli territory within 24 hours.
Monday, Lebanese sources reported seeing what they said were Israeli drones
flying over southern Lebanon.