Report: Assad Gives U.S. 24 Hours to Respond to Letter Threatening Action Against Any Further Israeli Strikes

May 6, 2013 9:05 am 14 comments

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: wiki commons.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad warned Monday that any further Israeli action on Syrian territory would necessitate a “declaration of war.”

The Kuwaiti newspaper Alrai reported that Assad sent a letter to Washington through Moscow to warn that any new Israeli military action would evoke an immediate response. It said Assad expected an answer from U.S. officials within 24 hours.

Sunday, Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen TV – considered close to the regime of President Assad -quoted a Syrian official as saying that the country had stationed missile batteries aimed at Israel in the aftermath of alleged Israeli air strikes on a  Damascus military facility.

Earlier in the day Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi said that alleged Israeli air strikes against three targets on the outskirts of Damascus “open the door to all possibilities.”

The minister’s comments came after an emergency cabinet meeting organized to respond to what a Western source said was a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, reports indicated that Israel  took steps to assuage President Assad on Monday following the air strikes around Damascus.

The Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported that Israeli officials informed Assad through diplomatic channels that it did not intend to meddle in Syria’s civil war.

14 Comments

  • Hey Bashar–I dare you to send one missile into Israel. You can kiss your wife good bye.

  • Kathy Bryan

    Isa 17:1 The message concerning Damascus. “See, Damascus ceases to be a city, and shall become a heap of ruins.

  • I stand with Israel. Where does Obama stand?

  • ricard galber

    Syria and Lebanon have been at war with Israel since 1948, when they both invaded the new State of Israel.
    Neither country has ever renounced their ‘state of war’ against Israel.
    I wonder if Assad has forgotten, or just wants to remind everyone of what ‘a man of moderation and peace’ he is.
    Or he may be attempting the Saddam plan of attacking Israel, to unify the Arabs on his side.

  • I am a strong supporter of Israel and she has a right to ensure that weapons intended for extremist groups should be destroyed. What she must not do is take any other than an even handed approach to the conflict in Syria. It is highly debateable as to who poses the greater threat to Israel, the regime or the opposition forces. Syria is a secularist country and hopefully will remain so, but not if the rebel fighters hav4e anything to do with it. Lets remember that while they are firing there guns at each other they are not firing at Israel. Iran is another matter and should not be seen as a safer place with regime change in Syria

  • vicki coghlan

    Israel must fight its enemies!
    Kill or be killed?
    The Art of War!

  • God bless you Israel, and protect you and your people from Syrian attacks. Israel did the right thing by striking those military targets. That said, time to start beefing up all defences in the Golan Heights. May Israel, and more importantly God, prevail!

  • Bashar al-Assad: Our answer is : “Your rule of terror is over”
    Say Goodnight and Goodbye

  • I would only point out that Syria has been in a declared state of war with Israel since 1948. There has been a ceasefire since 1973. I suspect he’s mearly rattling his saber. It further appears that while the use of chemical weapons seems certain, it’s also likely this was by rebel forces. Hence the limited Israeli response. There are no good guys fighting in Syria. Only bad and worse. It seems likely that this will spread throughout the Arab world. Possibly the to the whole Islamic world.

  • No weapons leave Syria. We will support Israel in preventing such an occurance. The US will establish a no fly zone over Syria with the support of both the Syrian regime and opposition forces for this action.

  • it should be clear to assad that Israel will abstain from action if he, assad, refrains from sending missiles and similar weapons to its surrogates in Lebanon. if assad does not transfer weapons to hizb or otherwise threaten Israel, Israel will take no action against him. assad does not need a clarification from Washington.

  • Martin Charney

    Only praise for what Israel did and how they are handling the Syrian situation. As long as we wish both the antagonists success between them.

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