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'Following events in Syria.' Ya'alon Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
'Following events in Syria.' Ya'alon Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg
No comment. Bibi Photo: AFP
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Ya'alon: Assad shouldn't challenge us

In response to ISIS report saying Damascus built four nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007, strategic affairs minister says 'we know Syrian president as someone connected to axis of evil.' Netanyahu on Grad attack: Don't test us

Attila Somfalvi
Published: 02.24.11, 14:07 / Israel News

Minister of Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon said Thursday that a report on Syria's four additional nuclear facilities proves President Bashar Assad has "negative intentions."


"We know him as someone connected to the axis of evil, on the one hand to Iran and on the other to terror groups like Hamas and Hezbollah," Ya'alon said during a speech at Tel-Hai College. "We are warily following events there, and I hope Assad will not challenge us with provocations of this kind."


Satellite images of nuclear site being built in Syria (Photo: Google Earth)


The US Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) reported late Wednesday that Syria established four additional nuclear facilities aside from the one bombed by Israel in 2007.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to address the report directly, but said "I want to make it clear that if Syria strives for peace, it will find a loyal partner in Israel. The problem still revolves around how to conduct the negotiations, because Syria has said it wants to receive the final results before talks even begin."


As for Wednesday night's Grad rocket attack on Beersheba, Netanyahu said, "I don't advise anyone to test Israel's determination. We will not tolerate our people and citizens being bombed. This is something to which no country would agree and we will act accordingly."


Netanyahu spoke on Thursday at a meeting between his government and that of Poland.


Minister Ya'alon also addressed the Grad attack, saying "Our response tonight made it clear that Hamas is responsible for what happens in Gaza. I urge Hamas and the rest of the organizations behind the escalation to consider the consequences. I hope they won't put our capabilities to the test."


Ronen Medzini contributed to the report



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