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...

  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys Singer Howie D Gushes Over Masada During Israel Trip

    Backstreet Boys singer Howie Dorough took to Instagram on Tuesday to marvel about climbing the famed Masada fortress with his band during their visit to Israel, where they will perform this week for the first time. The group’s second day of sightseeing in the Jewish state included the Masada hike, and taking a mud bath at the Dead Sea. A picture from the band’s official Twitter page shows the five singers covered in mud. While relaxing in the Dead Sea, [...]

    Read more →
  • Book Reviews US & Canada ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    ‘Arms and the Dudes:’ New Book, Film Detail How Ex-Orthodox Yeshiva Guys Became Top Suppliers for Afghan Army

    A new book and its upcoming film adaptation tell the true story of how three former yeshiva students who habitually smoked marijuana scored a $300 million contract from the U.S. government to supply weapons for the Afghan Army, the New York Daily News reported on Sunday. Arms and the Dudes details how the Miami Beach potheads became “the most unlikely gunrunners in history,” according to the book’s author, investigative reporter Guy Lawson. The tale begins with Efraim Diveroli, nephew of [...]

    Read more →
  • Blogs Theater Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    Natalie Portman: Israel-Themed ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness’ Not Political

    JNS.org – Natalie Portman, who directs and stars in the new Hebrew-language film adaptation of author Amos Oz’s A Tale of Love and Darkness, says that despite Oz’s record as a vocal left-wing critic of Israel, her film is not political. Like the book on which it is based, Portman’s film is about a young boy at the time of the founding of the state of Israel. “I think the movie is very much about this very particular, specific family story. Of [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.