Israel Will Act Against Syria Arms Transfers


idf-chief-amos-yadlinMaj.-Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, a former chief of Israeli military intelligence who directs the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, said in an interview that Israel has defined four types of weapons whose transfer to militant groups would not be tolerated: advanced air defense systems, ballistic missiles, sophisticated shore-to-sea missiles and chemical weapons.

In accordance with this policy, Yadlin said, “any time Israel will have reliable intelligence that this is going to be transferred from Syria to Lebanon, it will act,” although decisions would be subject to assessments of the military value of the attack, the risk of escalation and the positions of foreign powers. Israeli responses would be weighed each time and “not happen automatically.” The real dilemma, Yadlin said, is not whether to attack, but whether inaction would mean a greater threat later.

{ Israel News Bureau}