Fatah spokesman Ahmad Assaf played down a Jerusalem Post report from Tuesday, which stated that Syria was planning to allow Palestinian factions to attack Israel through the Golan in response to the alleged Israeli attack against Syria.

The press statement said that the Palestinian resistance does not function by the “push of a button,” according to a report in the London-based daily Al- Quds Al-Arabi. The resistance, according to the statement, does not take orders from any party with respect to the situation in Syria.

Assaf stated that the Palestinian people and factions would respond to Israeli attacks when and how they wished.

Meanwhile, a Hezbollah official said on Wednesday that Israel was taking advantage of the Syrian crisis in to create a regional war, according to a report in the Lebanese Daily Star.

Sheikh Nabil Qaouk – deputy head of the organization’s executive council – said that “after what happened in Syria, it is very normal to conclude that Israel wants to take advantage of the crisis in Syria to change the equation as it seeks to drag the region into a war with its own terms on future war fronts.

“After all the changes in Syria, the resistance has continued to strengthen the quantity and quality of its military capabilities, and it is ready today to inflict on Israel a great defeat,” Qaouk said, according to the report.

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