Ya'alon: Syria won't likely challenge us, they are scared

May 28, 2013 12:03


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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday said that he did not believe Syria would attempt to engage Israel militarily despite threats to do so issued in the aftermath of alleged IAF airstrikes in Syria.

"The Syrian regime relates to us differently than they relate to the rebels. They are frightened of us. We will be prepared for any development, but we don't estimate that they will attempt to challenge us," Ya'alon said while on an inspection of a Home Front Command exercise in Jerusalem.

Ya'alon added that the S-300 anti-aircraft system which Russia has insisted on selling to Syria despite Israeli objections has not yet been sent to Damascus.

"I hope it won't be sent, but if it is, God forbid, we will know what to do," the defense minister said.   

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