Hanegbi: Activity in Syria is against Hezbollah, not regime

By REUTERS
May 6, 2013 11:56

 
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Israel is trying to avoid an increase in tensions with Syria by "making clear that if there is activity, it is only against Hezbollah, not against the Syrian regime," Likud MK and former Defense Committee chairman Tzahi Hanegbi told Israel Radio on Monday.

Hanegbi noted Israel had not formally acknowledged carrying out the raids in an effort to allow Assad to save face, adding that Netanyahu began a scheduled visit to China on Sunday to signal the sense of business as usual.

The Assad government has condemned the air strikes as tantamount to a "declaration of war" and threatened unspecified retaliation.

But Hanegbi said Israel was ready for any development if the Syrians misinterpreted its messages and was ready "to respond harshly if indeed there is aggression against us".

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