Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv if Nato attacks Syria

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It’s deja vu all over again and back to 1990, when Saddam Hussein threatened to “burn half of Israel” if the allies, led by the US, attacked Iraq over their invasion of Kuwait.  And he kept to his promise – or at least he tried to, launching 39 Scud missiles at Israel over the course of the First Gulf War.  At the time, we Israelis were terrified that he would use chemical or biological weapons, since he had previous form in the massacre of Halabja.  The whole population of Israel was issued with gas masks and nerve gas antidotes, and we spent long weeks taking shelter in our sealed rooms for hours on end.  Thank G-d that in the end Saddam “only” launched regular Scuds, and miraculously no one was killed although there were many injuries and widespread destruction of buildings, especially in the Tel Aviv area.

So it’s with a familiar but sick feeling that we read that Syrian President Bashar Assad has threatened to attack Tel Aviv if NATO attacks Syria – as if Israel is a player in that game.

Syrian President Bashar Assad warned western countries on Tuesday that if Syria comes under NATO attack it would fire missiles at Tel Aviv, Iranian semi-official news agency FARS reported.

During a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davutoglu Assad allegedly threatened: “If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv.”

According to the report, Assad also reiterated that Damascus will call on Hezbollah to launch such an intensive rocket and missile attack on Israel.

“All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack the US warships in the Persian Gulf and the US and European interests will be targeted simultaneously,” Assad said, according to FARS.

Assad’s comments came as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he would set out his country’s plans for sanctions against Syria after he visits a Syrian refugee camp near the border in the coming days.

The move heralds a further deterioration in previously friendly relations between Ankara and Damascus since the start of Assad’s crackdown on protesters.

My next question is, would Turkey attack Syria over its brutality to its protestors, or would they join in with NATO in such an attack? And if so, would Assad still consider Israel a legitimate target, taking into account the deteriorating relations between Turkey and Israel?

Middle East politics make for very strange alliances and enemies.

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6 Responses to Assad threatens to attack Tel Aviv if Nato attacks Syria

  1. reality says:

    maybe this is why G-d took Harav Chanan Porat z”l so he shouldn’t see our distress. Well its finally been proven again -everything is Israels fault whether we like it or not & now maybe (but probably not) the Eu & UN will realise that after”dealing ” with those pesky Jews/ Israelis, Syria will turn its guns on the rest of the world. Who will be the first to stand up to them? this is why the Arabs get their way , through violence-its time the rest of the world declare war on them or just outright bomb them to oblivion

    • anneinpt says:

      You’re quite right about why the Arabs always get their way. It’s called blackmail or extortion, just like the Mafia.

      As for “bombing them to oblivion” – in the metaphorical sense I agree. But literally – that might be a bit too extreme even for me. For the leaders and terrorists – yes. For the rest of the civilians – if they accept our existence and leave us alone, we’ll leave them alone. They’d probably be at least as glad as us to be rid of their leaders, which is why we’re seeing all those revolutions all over the Arab world in the first place.

  2. Judypt says:

    What an absolute cheek/chutzpa Assad has with his uncalled for threats against Israel if he is attacked by forces which have nothing to do withI Israel at all. He is just a blustering bully lashing out to scare us and try to salvage his rotten cruel regime.I think he has forgotten that we too have a very experienced military and he should think twice before messing with us.

    • anneinpt says:

      You’re quite right about his chutzpah, Judypt, but I don’t think he’s just a blustering bully. I think he’s being very sly and cunning. He’s working on the assumption that the rest of the world is as scared of Israel as he is. So he reckons that if he threatens to attack Israel, the rest of the world will be terrified of Israel’s reaction to his threats, and will therefore be averse to attacking him.

      That’s my own convoluted theory anyway. It’s sort of like a double-cross double-bluff. Except that I think he’s begun to believe his own propaganda, always a dangerous stage for a dictator. I don’t think the world is scared of Israel’s reaction – on the contrary they probably quite look forward to it. Israel can then do the world’s dirty work for it, and then be condemned by that oh-so-civilised world as per usual.

      • cba says:

        “Israel can then do the world’s dirty work for it, and then be condemned by that oh-so-civilised world as per usual.”

        Ain’t it the truth…

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