Leiberman: We will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah.
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman confirmed that Israel’s strikes in Syria on Wednesday were to prevent the transfer of chemical weapons to Hezbollah.
Speaking to the Knesset (Parliament) Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Thursday, Lieberman stated that Israel will do what is necessary to protect the Jewish State and that the strikes carried out were to thwart the transfer of “sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah”.
Lieberman stated to the Committee Thursday morning, “Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria. Our policies and positions are very clear, and they are based on three red lines: We will not allow any harm to come to the Israeli public; we will not allow anyone to undermine Israel’s sovereignty; and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon and to Hezbollah. One very important thing that everyone has to understand, is that Israel makes its own decisions, freely, within the scope of the policy, and there are no other limitations or circumstances to consider.”
Lieberman confirmed the strikes on Wednesday afternoon while addressing European Union envoys in Israel, stating that the strike(s) were an “act primarily to protect the safety of our citizens and defend our sovereignty” and were carried out “to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.”
Lieberman nor the IDF gave specifics of the mission.
On Wednesday, Hezbollah and Syrian military sources both reported that Israel launched strikes around 3:00 am on the Almaza Air Base west of Damascus. Explosions on the military airport were reported by numerous sources in the early hours of the morning Wednesday. Syria’s SANA news agency reported that “At 3:00 a.m. the Israeli enemy fired several surface-to-surface missiles from inside occupied territory [Golan Heights] … as a desperate attempt to support the terrorist groups,” referring to Syrian rebel forces against Assad’s regime.