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      Yaalon: Test Us, and Feel IDF’s Strength

      Israel’s Defense Minister sends a sharp message to Syria.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 8/27/2013, 11:59 PM

      Yaalon views Golani preparations
      Yaalon views Golani preparations
      Israel news photo: Ariel Hermoni

      Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had a harsh message for Syria on Tuesday evening, following a Syrian minister’s threat to attack Israel if the United States targets the Assad regime.

      “In the face of the threats against Israel, let us clearly say: whoever dares to test us, will feel the might of the IDF,” Yaalon declared.

      “We hear threats aimed at Israel, even though Israel is not a part of the bloody conflict in Syria, or other conflicts in the Middle East,” he continued.

      “The enlightened world now understands the forces it faces, the axis of evil that begins in Tehran, passes through Damascus and settles in Beirut, the meaning of which is crimes against humanity,” he said, adding, “Innocent civilians are slaughtered by the monstrous regime of Bashar Assad.”

      IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, too, related to the tension on the Syrian border. “Those who seek to do us harm will find us sharper and tougher than ever,” he warned. “Our enemies should know that we are determined, and prepared, to defend our citizens.”

      “The nations of the world have a moral and ethical responsibility in the face of the horrific crimes perpetrated against our innocent neighbors, just on the other side of the border,” he added.
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