will not allow Hezbollah exploit the Syrian chaos to arm itself with
strategic weapons, which will increase its confidence and the chances of
it launching future attacks on Israel, Knesset Member and former
chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tzahi
Hanegbi told Army Radio on Sunday, following two air strikes on targets
in Damascus in the past 48 hours which foreign media sources say were
carried out by the Israel Air Force.
"What we want is primarily
is to guarantee that within the chaos in Syria we don’t see Hezbollah
getting stronger in such a way that would motivate it to act against us,
and as a result of which find ourselves dragged into a confrontation
that would lead to greater losses than in the past, because we did not
act in time," Hanegbi said.
"We have no interest in getting
involved [in the Syrian civil war]," Hanegbi said, but Israel also had
no interest in seeing advanced surface to surface, surface to air, and
surface to sea missiles in Hezbollah's hands, he added. Israel will seek
to safeguard its interests "with determination, and without getting
involved [in the Syrian conflict]," he said.