Iran says Israel will regret Syria air strike

BEIRUT Mon Feb 4, 2013 8:17am EST

Saeed Jalili listens to a reporters' question during a news conference in New Delhi January 4, 2013. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal

Saeed Jalili listens to a reporters' question during a news conference in New Delhi January 4, 2013.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran told Israel on Monday it would regret its air strike against Syria last week, without spelling out whether Iran or its ally planned any military response.

"They will regret this recent aggression," Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, told a news conference in Damascus a day after holding talks there with President Bashar al-Assad.

Jalili likened Israel's attack on a military compound north-west of Damascus on Wednesday to previous conflicts including its 34-day war with Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah in 2006, all battles that he said Israel had lived to regret.

"Today, too, both the people and the government of Syria are serious regarding the issue. And also the Islamic community is supporting Syria," he said.

Jalili said Iran, in its current role as head of the Non-Aligned Movement, would work on Syria's behalf on the international stage in response to the attack.

Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday the attack on a Syrian arms complex showed Israel was serious about preventing the flow of heavy weapons into Lebanon, appearing to acknowledge for the first time that Israel had carried out the strike.

Diplomats, Syrian rebels and security sources say Israeli jets bombed a convoy near the Lebanese border, apparently hitting weapons destined for Hezbollah.

(Reporting by Dominic Evans in Beirut and Yeganeh Torbati in Dubai; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (16)
kenradke11 wrote:
Iran can take their so called threats and stick them where the sun don’t shine. They know the consequences of any retaliation on Israel. Madman Assad can fight his own battles!The loser and Iran! You stay out of it or you will pay the price losers!

Feb 04, 2013 6:16am EST  --  Report as abuse
BlueCannon wrote:
It seems Iran threatens to strike Israel sooner than the other way round, just becoz its ally Syria was attacked. This may further pull Russia and U.S. into play.

Feb 04, 2013 6:38am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
@ BlueCannon, don’t forget China, India, Pakistan plus any other country in the region who might be a bit jumpy. You could add an estimated 2-3 billion people to the equation.

Feb 04, 2013 7:32am EST  --  Report as abuse
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