Daily Israel Report

Syrian: '20 Missiles Can Take Out Israel's Nuclear Sites'

Syrian envoy in Jordan: Israel's nuclear weapons can cause Syria heavy losses but Syria can damage Israel's nuclear facilities.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 8/23/2012, 10:29 PM

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Syria's envoy in Jordan, Bahajat Suleiman, says Syria can cause "heavy damage" to Israel's nuclear facilities.

The statement by Suleiman appears on Jordanian news sources Thursday, which quoted an unknown site identified with the regime of Bashar al-Assad. According to the report, Suleiman met a delegation that came to the Syrian embassy in Amman for Eid el-Fitr, and told them: "The nuclear weapons that the Zionists possess can cause us great loses in life in they attack Syria."

"On the other hand," he added, "we can cause heavy losses to their nuclear facilities and we will not need more than 20 missiles."

Despite the differences in the number of casualties on both sides, the diplomat assessed, Israel will find the number of casualties and the strategic losses inflicted upon it too hard to bear.

An attack by Syria would cause emigration from Israel and be the beginning of its end, he added. He said that Syria would not stand by idly if attacked, but will not be the one to start a war.

Suleiman may have been reacting to alleged Israeli statements warning that Israel would have to take military action if it deems that, as a result of the Syrian civil war, Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons are about to fall into the possession of terrorists.