Gen. Eiland: Israel Attacked Syria "With Good Reason"

(Times of Israel) Yifa Yaakov and Greg Tepper - Former Israeli national security adviser Maj.-Gen. (ret.) Giora Eiland confirmed that it was Israel that carried out the strikes on several sites in Syria overnight Tuesday - "and with good reason." On Saturday, Eiland praised the Israeli government's decision, saying it was "the right decision, despite all the risks." Israel has not officially acknowledged that it carried out the raids. Since Eiland is no longer in government service, his statement does not constitute a formal Israeli acknowledgment. He added that there were three things Israel could not agree to Hizbullah attaining - long-range missiles with large warheads, advanced anti-aircraft missiles "which would restrict the movements of the Israeli Air Force," and chemical weapons. Eiland said for years there has been a red line, an almost "quiet agreement" between Syria and Israel, by which no such advanced weapons would be transferred from Syria to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

2013-02-04 00:00:00

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