Friday, May 17, 2013

Iran Goading Syria to Attack Israel

Israel Hints at New Strikes, Warning Syria Not to Hit Back
- Mark Landler

In a clear warning to Syria, a senior Israeli official told the New York Times: "Israel is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hizbullah....If Syrian President Assad reacts by attacking Israel, or tries to strike Israel through his terrorist proxies, he will risk forfeiting his regime, for Israel will retaliate."

"Israel has so far refrained from intervening in Syria's civil war and will maintain this policy as long as Assad refrains from attacking Israel directly or indirectly....Israel will continue its policy of interdicting attempts to strengthen Hizbullah, but will not intercede in the Syrian civil war as long as Assad desists from direct or indirect attacks against Israel."
(New York Times)

Report: Assad to Allow Hizbullah to Attack Israel from Golan
- Jack Khoury

Iran has convinced Syrian President Bashar Assad to allow Hizbullah to open a front against Israel in the Golan Heights, Al-Hayat reported.

Report: Iranian Commander to Lead Fight Against Israel
- Nimdor Sabal

Officials in Baghdad said that Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, has given Maj.-Gen. Qasem Suleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, the responsibility of managing the struggle against Israel via Syrian territory, the Lebanese newspaper Almustaqbal reported.
(Ynet News)

Iran's Plans to Take Over Syria - Shimon Shapira 

Gen. Suleimani has prepared an operational plan for the establishment of a 150,000-man force for Syria, the majority of whom will come from Iran, Iraq, and a smaller number from Hizbullah and the Gulf states.

(ICA-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs)

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