The defense and
intelligence establishment continue to believe that there is a "low probability"
of a Syrian strike at Israel in retaliation for a US attack, government
officials said after yet another round of high-level security consultations
This assessment remained unchanged over the long Rosh
Hashana weekend and even in the tense run-up to Wednesday's key Congressional
vote on whether to approve a limited attack against Syrian President Bashar
Assad because of his army's use of chemical weapons.
The Prime Minister's
Office refused to relate in any way to various reports that US President Barack
Obama had enlisted Netanyahu to urge congressmen and heads of the American
Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) to support a limited military action
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The refusal to either confirm or deny those reports was
very much in line with Netanyahu's policy of saying nothing on Syria beyond that
Israel was not invovled in the conflict there, but would respond fiercely if
attacked. Active involvement by Netanyahu would risk involving Israel in the
Netanyahu, at the opening of Sunday's cabinet meeting, praised
his own government's policy, saying the quiet Rosh Hashana holiday the country
enjoyed was "not self-evident given the storm raging around us.
watching over Israel, an island of tranquility, quiet and security, which also
stems from our responsible and balanced policy and the very professional and
vigorous action – only some of which is known to the public – by all of the
security arms," he said.