Thursday, February 24, 2011

Netanyahu on Beersheba attack: 'No one should test our resolve'; Ya'alon: Assad shouldn't challenge us

Netanyahu commented on the firing of Two Grad-model Katyusha rockets struck Beersheba late Wednesday night for the first time since Operation Cast Lead in the Gaza Strip over two years ago.
"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."
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."

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."

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.'

"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."