By Eli Bardenstein
It should be noted: while Israel continues to state that it does not intervene in Syria, for PM Benjamin Netanyahu, it's important to see a U.S. attack on Syria in order to restore American credibility and deterrence in the Middle East, and to send a message to Iran and extremist organizations such as Hezbollah.
Translated by Viktoria Lymar
Edited by Steven Stenzler
9 September 2013
Sources in Jerusalem claim that if the Russian compromise goes through, a similar process can also occur in Iran – in the framework of which the Republic is to stop the nuclear program.
Israeli officials opine that if Syria embraces the Russian proposal and surrenders its chemical weapons, this will affect in a positive way halting Iran’s nuclear program. “It proves what happens when there is a credible military option,” said tonight (Monday) the sources. “It is explicitly a message to the masters in Iran.”
Despite the lack of sufficient information in Jerusalem regarding the deal, and fear the Syrians would try this way to dissolve the U.S. attack, the sources argue that should Syria indeed accept the Russian proposal – a real military option against Iran may lead to the same move, where the Islamic Republic would have to stop its nuclear program.
However, Israel is still interested in receiving more info on the Syrian-Russian bargain, and on the timetables of removal of the chemical weapons from the country. Israel’s concern is that Syria won’t meet the terms of the deal and will be dragging feet.
It should be noted, though, that while Israel continues to state that it does not intervene in Syria, for the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it is important to see a U.S. attack on Syria in order to restore American credibility and deterrence in the Middle East, and to send a message to Iran and extremist organizations such as Hezbollah. However, if the Syrian-Russian deal is really reliable, then it serves as well Netanyahu’s outlook with respect to how the Iranian nuclear program can be stopped.
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the Hebrew text reads: On the way to attack