Iran and Syria Forge Military Alliance Against "Common Enemies"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad held a joint press conference in
"The enemies of this region should drop their plans to strike the interests of this region, for these enemies will burn by the fire of the people," Ahmadinejad stated. "Both countries are united in a frontier facing common enemies to the region."
Ahmadinejad warned the unnamed enemies to abandon their “hostile plans,” stating, "
As part of the new military alliance, the London-based Arabic paper A-Sharq al-Aussat states, Iran will fund over $1 billion in new defense equipment for Syria including: 400 Russian tanks, 8 Mikoyan helicopters, 8 Sukhoi fighter jets, 18 MiG-31s, Iranian armoured vehicles and tanks, and Chinese C-801/802 missiles.
Israel is reportedly "skeptical" about the deal, though sources say the very meeting itself is of great concern and shows that Assad is not interested in peace.
Ahmadinejad reportedly also pledged to help
History Repeats Itself
Knesset Member Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said the military alliance forged between
“The Iranian decision will lead to the launching of an attack on Israel from Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Iran,” Eldad stated.
"For some reason, the government of Israel chooses to ignore not only intelligence information, but even information that is published for all to see," he added.
Olmert Still Prepared to Negotiate
In an interview with Channel 10 Saturday night, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Kadima) said that
In a separate interview Thursday, when asked how Nasrallah was able to sneak into a meeting between Ahmadinejad and Assad, Olmert responded, "No reply I could give would sound the way I'd want it to."
Strategic Alliance Minister: Form Unity Government
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Strategic Affairs Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) called for Olmert and Opposition Leader Benyamin Netanyahu (Likud) to form a unity government to deal with the growing Iranian-Syrian threat.
"The strengthening of the relationship between Assad and Ahmadinejad demands that