News Brief 7/21/2007, Av 6, 5767
Officials: Israel Ready for Any Scenario re Iran-Syria
In response to reports Saturday of an expanded and dangerous military alliance between Iran and Syria, officials close to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said that the government had informally discussed the emerging danger, and that a statement would be made on the situation. However, Israel “was prepared for any scenario,” the sources said.
According to the report, Syria has agreed not to enter into any peace talks with Israel in return for an arms deal with Iran. In addition Iran has promised to help Syria establish a nuclear research program and further it's biological weapons program. Under the deal Iran will help Syria acquire 400 Russian tanks, 8 Mikoyan helicopters, 8 Sukhoi fighter jets, 18 MiG-31s, Iranian armoured vehicles and tanks, and Chinese C-801/802 missiles. Iran will also provide training and set up a missile plant.
In addition, reports said that Iran was already training Syrian soldiers, and quoted Syrian military officials as saying that the army would be in “top form” by next summer.