Israel's Defense Minister on tensions with Syria: "We take all threats seriously"

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman had a message for Syria after they blamed Israel for an attack on a chemical weapons plant last week. "I would like to say that we are tolerant and we are reasonable," Lieberman said. "But I strongly suggest that our neighbors to the north not try us or issue threats."
Lieberman: "Do not try us" Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel, Flash90/ Channel 2 News

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed the tensions on Israel's north-eastern border on Monday, specifically referring to recent reports that Israel attacked a chemical weapons plant in Syria and the Syrian threats that followed.

The Defense Minister had a clear message for the Syrians: "I do not suggest that they try us and I do not suggest that they initiate a confrontation with the State of Israel." He went on to say that "from their perspective this will end badly, very badly."

Destroyed chemical weapons plant in Syria Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

Lieberman also directly addressed the threats made by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Mu'allem that Syria would respond to what he called "Israeli aggression." To this Lieberman said that "we all hope that one day the Middle East will become a region of peace, cooperation and coexistence. Unfortunately," he continued, "even today we heard threats from our northern border. I am referring to the words of the Syrian deputy foreign minister, who once again slandered and cursed the State of Israel. We have heard countless threats against the entire State of Israel."

He also spoke about Israel's restrained policy when it comes to fighting in Syria and Lebanon. "I would like to say that we are tolerant and we are reasonable," he said. "But I strongly suggest that our neighbors to the north not try us or issue threats."



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