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May 29, 2013 12:45 pm

Netanyahu Tells Cabinet to Keep Quiet About Russian S-300 Delivery to Damascus

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Missiles.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue of Russian S-300 missile deliveries to Syria, Israel public radio reported on Wednesday.

The order came after several ministers criticized Moscow’s intention to go through with the transfer of the anti-aircraft missiles to Damascus.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday warned that Israel would respond if Russia delivered on its promise.

“The deliveries have not taken place, and I hope they do not. But if, by misfortune, they arrive in Syria, we will know what to do,” Yaalon told reporters.

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Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz also confirmed Israel would “react to any threat.”

“I hope Damascus understands that. We will react forcefully,” he told reporters on Tuesday, describing Russia’s planned delivery of the S-300 anti-aircraft missiles as “morally wrong.”

On Sunday a rumor circulated that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Netanyahu had reached a deal whereby the missiles wouldn’t be delivered, but the rumor was denied by Israeli officials.

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