Lieberman: Syria, Lebanon know not to test Israel’s military capabilities

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman claimed on Sunday that Syria and Lebanon know it is not a good idea to test Israel’s military capabilities. Lieberman also spoke today about the crisis in the Jewish world following the decision to suspend the Western Wall agreement, calling the situation “unhealthy.”
Lieberman Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

During a press conference on Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented on the cases of spillover fire from Syria and said that Israel has no interest in starting a war. Lieberman said that Syria and Lebanon are aware of the IDF’s intelligence capabilities and know it is not a good idea to test Israel’s military strength.

“Our policy is clear and it is based on deterrence,” he added. “We aren’t searching for an adventure.” Lieberman also commented on the attempts to bring the war in Syria to an end. “We will not accept an agreement of which the Iranians are a part,” he stated. “We reserve our right to act only in accordance with our security interests.” Lieberman stressed that Israel will only take part in the process to end the war if the Iranians, Hezbollah and Assad are removed from Syria. “We cannot accept an agreement that prepares this axis of evil,” he explained.

In addition, Lieberman mentioned the crisis in the Jewish world amid the shelving of the Western Wall agreement, calling it an “unhealthy” situation. “The conduct of [MK Moshe] Gafni and [Minister Yaakov] Litzman is not smart and it is turning the public against us,” Lieberman said. “They need to respect a different lifestyle than their own.”



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