|Israel vows to retaliate if Syria uses chemical weapons|
|Written by Chris Perver|
|Friday, 21 September 2007 01:01|
This link from my friend Darrell. An Israeli politician has warned Syria that the use of chemical weapons in any future war with the Jewish state would spell the end of President Bashar Assad's regime. MK Yuval Steinitz made the comments yesterday during an interview with the Daily News. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was harshly criticized yesterday, after being tricked by another newspaper into admitting that Israel had indeed carried out a strike within Syrian territory. He was slammed by government officials for breaking the silence, although he did not disclose any details of the raid. As one politician pointed out, we expect Ehud Olmert to keep silence on this issue, after being the first Prime Minister to have publicly admitted to Israel's possession of nuclear weapons?
Quote: "Politicians in Israel said yesterday they were not picking a fight with their neighbour, but pledged to forcefully retaliate if chemical warheads come screaming across its shared border. "We will not attack them first. But if they ever use these weapons against Israel, then we must be clear - it will be the end of this evil and brutal dictatorship," Yuval Steinitz, a right-wing member of the Israeli parliament, told the Daily News yesterday.
Yuval Steinitz comments came in response to a recent Jane's Defence report detailing a "work accident", in which dozens of Syrian and Iranian engineers were killed. Syria had been attempting to fit a chemical warhead to a Scud-C missile when the warhead exploded, spreading deadly VX nerve agent, sarin and mustard gas.
Quote: "Syrian official news agency, SANA, reported that least 15 Syrian military personnel had been "martyred" and 50 others injured in the blast near the northern city of Aleppo on the Turkish border. It claimed the early morning explosion was caused by the high temperatures. The SANA report mentioned nothing of Iranian personnel killed in the mishap. Jane's said dozens of Iranian workers were among those who died when a fire in the missile's engine triggered the explosion and release of a toxic cloud of lethal chemical agents banned under international law.
The Bible states in Isaiah 17 that a future conflict between Israel and Syria will result in the destruction of the city of Damascus. Israeli officials have stated in the past that they would consider using nuclear weapons in the event of a chemical weapons strike on Israel.