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Assad: Attacks Are Proof that Israel Supports Rebels

Syrian President says recent alleged Israeli airstrikes exposed the involvement of Israel and other countries in the events in Syria.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 5/8/2013, 4:14 AM

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
AFP photo

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad said on Tuesday that recent alleged Israeli airstrikes in his country are proof that Israel supports the rebels fighting to oust him.

"The attacks exposed the involvement of Israel and other countries in the events in Syria," Assad told visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, according to a report in the Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen network, which is affiliated with the Hizbullah terror group.

"The Syrian people and the army have already recorded important achievements in fighting terrorism, and we can contend with the Israeli adventures which constitute one of the faces of terrorism," he added.

Assad reportedly told the Iranian Foreign Minister that "the Golan will become the frontline for resistance," to which Salehi answered, "We are with you and we will not allow Syria to fall into the hands of Israel, the U.S. or any infidel."

"The time has come to dissuade the Israeli occupier from carrying out such aggression against the peoples of the region," said Salehi, according to a report by Syrian television, after his arrival in Damascus on a previously unannounced visit.

"Iran stands at the side of Syria in the face of Israeli aggression, whose aim is to damage the security of the region and weaken the axis of
resistance," said Salehi, whose country is a close ally of Damascus.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said on Tuesday that Israel was not getting involved in Syria's war but defending its security when "red lines" were crossed.

"We are not getting involved in the civil war in Syria but we have made clear what our interests are," he said.

"We have laid down red lines among which are the transfer of sophisticated weapons to terror organizations like Hizbullah and others, or (the transfer of) chemical weapons, or violations of our sovereignty," he said.