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Netanyahu: Israel Will ‘Respond in Strength’ to Any Attack

August 27, 2013 12:10 pm 17 comments

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a strong response Tuesday to any aggression against the Jewish state, as the U.S. considered ways to respond to respond to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government on its civilian population.

“The State of Israel is ready for any scenario,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.”

The prime minister’s comments came as U.S. President Barack Obama mulled a response to what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said was a chemical weapons attack carried out by the Syrian regime of President Bashar Al-Assad that left hundreds of civilians dead last week.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem said earlier Tuesday that Syria’s response to any strike by western nations would “surprise” the world, and claimed that any military action against it would serve the interests of Israel and terror group Al-Qaeda.

A member of the Syrian Ba’ath national council Halef al-Muftah, said on Monday that Damascus views Israel to be “behind the aggression and therefore it will come under fire” should Syria be attacked by the United States.

Israeli officials have dismissed the possibility of Assad attacking the Jewish state in retaliation to a U.S. operation on the country, with Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz telling reporters on Monday that any such move would be “insane.”


  • Yahweh should never, can never and will never let the jewish state down under any circumstance. For d sake of ur holy name I pray for Israel oh Jahweh

  • Well I agree with that. To defend Israel is the main thing. I think O’Bummer should mind his own business. And Cameron too in London. Mind your own business both of you.

  • Balcha Aba nefso

    Israel has no the capacity to fight with ISLAMIC REP. OF IRAN! WITH OUT SUPPORT OF U.S.A

    • Not only can Israel handle the Islamic republic of Iran but she can handle all of the Islamic terror republics. With or without the US. fortunately for the kafir… Israel won’t have to. EVER. Long live Israel.

    • Anthony C Abela

      Aba Nefso, you would be indeed a fool of mass proportion if you honestly think that Israel is going to be let down by Alla. I am of Maltese origin living in Australia. I have been to Israel and will return there to help Israel if need be. This is in spite of TWO heart by-passes. To us Maltese, the God we pray to Alla, is also known as Yaweh. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. ” hear oh Israel, the Lord is one”. May the Almighty keep his hands upon Israel and it’s citizens. Amen.

  • I like Bibi’s response !
    That’s how a powerful leader of a Powerful Country should respond to a tiniest threat from any arab country.

    SYRIA can not imagine what surprises ISRAEL prepared.
    Super-Powerful fire against rocket launchers in Gaza in January is nothing compared what ASSAD will experience.
    A couple hours needed to destroy half of ASSAD’s army.

  • How interesting it is that Turkey, once a friend to Israel and hostile now also to Syria, has accused Israel of being behind events in Egypt, and the Syrian Baathist regime never a friend of Israel’s accuses it of being behind unsalubrious events in Syria. Perhaps it is not, after all, the United States that is really the most powerful nation on the globe, but Israel….

  • Whaddya think: that Israel is just sittin’ there watching Syria? Y’ don’t think that there are plenty of Israeli spies in Syria? Y’ think Israel will be taken by a Syrian surprise attack?

    Guess what? Israel knows when Syrians flush their toilets!!!

    Next question, please.

    • God’s chosen people will never go wrong, they are as ready , as prepared any moment . Israel is surrounded by enemies since then and there’s no war fought against them so far that they cowered…God bless the Jewish state…My prayer goes with you!

    • You are 110% correct R.

  • Syria could choose to take the counsel from the Jewish Rabbis.

    How to get their people in order seems to be a problem for them. To prepare themselves for killing is not the solution. The error proves it. So using human intelligence in order to develop weaponry wastes time in a direction opposing to build.

    Miracles can happen.

    So the Syrians should get the Jewish counseling and apply it to their own culture. It is all there accessible.

    It requires hard work and time to discipline and have kindness but putting effort to learn how to get along versus study how to develop nuclear weapons or chemical warfare is productive with using time.

    Certainly people will die either route but the end result would be productive not destructive.

    • You must be living in la-la land. Deal with reality, not some fantasy of what would be wonderful if Syria just followed your advice.

  • perceived as weak, Peres & PM have lost the voice of leadership in the venue…iron dome is an illusion as 18000 centrifuges spin 235/plutonium
    with enuff fuel for 40 hiro type bombs on nk missiles that will penetrate TA at the cost of 300,000 plus Jewish souls…the PM has waited to long re Boeing BB 35000 pounders…a leaderless Israel with a moron us amb as a clown on site!

  • Elliot J. Stamler

    Surely the Mossad has an idea of the likely places Assad-the-Hitlerite hides out. If Syria attacks Israel the latter should make every effort to get at Assad and kill him AND make it plain that they did it. You don’t make deals with nazis-you kill them.

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