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Official: Israel ‘Determined’ to Prevent Transfer of Advanced Weapons to Hezbollah

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A senior Israeli official told the New York Times in a story published on Wednesday that if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad retaliates against Israeli attempts to stem the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah, “he would risk forfeiting his regime.”

The official, who declined to be identified and who was reportedly briefed by high-level officials on Israel’s assessment of the situation in Syria, told the New York Times that Israel “is determined to continue to prevent the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah.”

“The transfer of such weapons to Hezbollah will destabilize and endanger the entire region,” the official said.

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