Hanegbi: Iron Dome deployment in North shows our readiness

January 31, 2013 15:31
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"The placement of Iron Dome batteries in North testifies to our alert level in the region," former minister Tzachi Hanegbi told Army Radio in response to reports that Israel attacked an arms convoy in a border area west of Damascus.

In an interview on Thursday morning, Hanegbi said that Israel acted with good sense by "placing the Iron Dome batteries in North testifies to our alert level in the region."

The former chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, without directly indicating Israel in the strike, repeated Israel's long-held assertion that Iran is seeking to "prevent arms reaching its rivals" when Syrian President Bashar Assad falls.

"Even if there are reports about pinpoint strikes, these are not significant solutions to the threat itself because we are talking about very substantial capabilities that could reach Hezbollah,” Hanegbi said.

However, Hanegbi added, "Israel’s preference would be if a Western entity would control these weapons systems."

"But because it appears the world is not prepared to do what was done in Libya or other places, then Israel finds itself like it has many times in the past facing a dilemma that only it knows how to respond to,” he added.

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