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.”

17 Comments

  • 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.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Europe Sports Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    Croatian Soccer Star’s Hebrew Tattoo Causes a Stir Online

    A Hebrew tattoo sported by Croatian soccer star Mario Mandzukic became an internet sensation in Israel after it was exposed on Tuesday during a Champions League match between Ateltico Madrid and Real Madrid A first glance, the tattoo, on the athlete’s back, might leave one with the impression that it was an unfortunate artistic mistake, since the Hebrew letters do not make sense as they are written. However, a closer look at the tattoo shows that it was actually written [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    Why an Algemeiner Editor Wrote a Play About a Mass Shooter

    For the past two years, I have served as Opinion Editor at The Algemeiner. I’m perhaps most proud of the paper’s commitment to publishing diverse and opposing viewpoints on the controversial issues of the day. We pride ourselves on voicing different opinions because we know that most issues are not black and white, and because our community is better served by a public debate. In my life outside of the paper, I am a professional actor and playwright. And similarly, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Commentary In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    In ‘America in Retreat,’ a Real-Life Risk Board

    JNS.org – “Risk: The Game of Strategic Conquest,” the classic Parker Brothers board game, requires imperial ambitions. Players imagine empires and are pitted against each other, vying for world domination. Amid this fictional world war, beginners learn fast that no matter the superiority of their army, every advance is a gamble determined by a roll of the dice. After a defeat, a player must retreat. Weighted reinforcement cards provide the only opportunity to reverse a player’s fortunes and resume the [...]

    Read more →
  • Beliefs and concepts Sports Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    Does Working Out With Other Jews Keep You Jewish?

    JNS.org – For Daphna Krupp, her daily workout (excluding Shabbat) at the Jewish Community Center (JCC or “J”) of Greater Baltimore has become somewhat of a ritual. She not only attends fitness classes but also engages with the instructors and plugs the J’s social programs on her personal Facebook page. “It’s the gym and the environment,” says Krupp. “It’s a great social network.” Krupp, who lives in Pikesville, Md., is one of an estimated 1 million American Jewish members of more [...]

    Read more →
  • Sports US & Canada Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated Profiles Orthodox NCAA Basketball Player Aaron Liberman

    Sports Illustrated magazine featured an extensive profile on Orthodox-Jewish college basketball player Aaron Liberman on Wednesday.  The article details Liberman’s efforts to balance faith, academics and basketball at Tulane University, a challenge the young athlete calls “a triple major.” Sports Illustrated pointed out that Liberman is the second Orthodox student to play Division I college basketball. The other was Tamir Goodman, the so-called “Jewish Jordan.” As reported in The Algemeiner, Liberman started his NCAA career at Northwestern University. According to [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Sports Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    Cycling the Desert: New Israel Bike Trail Connects Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat

    As the popularity of cycling continues to increase across the world, Israel is working to develop cycling trails that make the country’s spectacular desert accessible to cyclists. The southern segment of the Israel Bike Trail was inaugurated on Feb. 24 and offers for the first time a unique, uninterrupted 8-day cycling experience after six years of planning and development. The southern section of the Israel Bike Trail stretches over 300 kilometers in length and is divided into eight segments for mountain biking, [...]

    Read more →
  • Jewish Identity Theater Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    Forthcoming Major Action Movies Inspired by Jewish Comic Artist Jack Kirby

    JNS.org – With the recent Oscars in the rearview mirror, Hollywood’s attention now shifts to the rest of this year’s big-screen lineup. Two of the major action films coming up in 2015—Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters in May, and the third film in the Fantastic Four series, slated for an August release—have Jewish roots that the average moviegoer might be unaware of. As it turns out, it took a tough Jewish kid from New York City’s Lower East [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    When Torah Teaches Life and Life Teaches Torah (REVIEW)

    JNS.org – Rabbi Gordon Tucker spent the first 20 years of his career teaching at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the next 20 years as the rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, N.Y. I confess that when I heard about the order of those events, I thought that Tucker’s move from academia to the pulpit was strange. Firstly, I could not imagine anyone filling the place of my friend, Arnold Turetsky, who was such a talented [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.