Report: Former Syrian VP says refugees won't flee to Israel

January 12, 2012 18:56


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No Alawite refugee will escape from Syria to Israel, said Thursday a Syrian opposition leader, former vice president Abdel Halim Hadam, according to Israel Radio.

In an interview with Israeli newspaper A-Sinara, quoted by Israel Radio, Hadam reacted to comments made by IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz's on Tuesday. Speaking to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Gantz stated that Israel is prepared to absorb Alawite refugees who may flee to the Golan Heights after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime comes to an end.

Hadam reportedly said that only a military strike in Syria would change the situation and weaken Iran's position in the region.

Hadam opined during the interview that Israel regards with satisfaction events in Syria as it believes that Assad's precarious situation weakens Syria's power.

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