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March 28, 2018 2:06 pm

IDF Chief: Acknowledgement of Syria Nuclear Reactor Bombing Sent Clear Deterrent Message to Israel’s Enemies, Including Iran

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A still frame taken from video material released on March 21, 2018 shows a combination image of what the Israeli military describes is before and after an IAF air strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor site near Deir al-Zor on Sept 6, 2007. Photo: IDF / Handout via Reuters TV.

Israel’s recent official acknowledgement that it bombed a Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 sent a clear deterrent message to the Jewish state’s enemies, the IDF chief of staff said in a Makor Rishon interview, an excerpt of which was published on Wednesday.

Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot told the Hebrew-language weekly newspaper, “I thought of the way this was interpreted in Syria and other places, including Iran. Our enemies now know that we will not permit an existential threat to hang over us.”

“The State of Israel developed over the years a concept that it’s also implemented — when a nuclear reactor was built in Iraq, it was destroyed. When a nuclear reactor was built in Syria, it was destroyed. That is to say, there is a message here that is also true today for our enemies — the State of Israel will not allow the building of capabilities to create an existential threat to it.”

The full interview with Eizenkot will be published by Makor Rishon on Friday.

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