miércoles, 28 de agosto de 2013

Syrian conflict would set Israel on fire

A military strike by the United States and its Western allies on Syria would likely trigger a swift intervention against Israel. A senior Syrian army source told Iran’s Fars News Agency on Tuesday that a full-scale US attack on Syria "would justify an attack on the Jewish state", expanding the battle and sparking a regional war. It is not impossible: Russia have already promised to send Syria S-300 long-range anti-aircraft missiles that have a range of almost 100 miles and would reach deep inside Israel. Also, Russia could have sent Assad their supersonic P800 long-range anti-ship missiles, capable of sinking israeli ships with a single strike. U.S. officials reported that Israel attempted to destroy such missiles in Latakia during a July 5 air strike, though it is unclear if the strike was successful. 

The statements of the Syrian Army are clear: “If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel. If Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria’s neighbors. Thus, a US attack on Syria will herald frequent strikes and attacks on Israel, not just by Damascus and its allies in retaliation, but by extremist groups.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abbas Araqchi, added fuel to the fire in a press conference on Tuesday after meeting with UN deputy chief for political affairs Jeffrey Feltman in Tehran over the last two days: “Any use of military means will have dire consequences not only for Syria, but for the entire region”.

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