Syria, Iran Threaten Israel in Wake of Strike
Russia expresses concern
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2013 10:11 AM CST
An Israeli air force jet fighter plane takes off from Tel Nof air force base for a mission over Gaza Strip in central Israel, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – Syria today threatened to retaliate for an Israeli airstrike, and its ally Iran chimed in, too, saying there will be repercussions for the Jewish state over the attack. Syria's ambassador to Lebanon said Damascus "has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation." He said he could not predict when Damascus would retaliate, noting it was up to the relevant authorities to prepare the retaliation and choose the time and place. In Iran, the semi-official Fars news agency quoted the deputy foreign minister as saying the raid on Syria will have significant implications for Israel.

Syrian ally Russia also expressed concern, saying it appeared to be an unprovoked attack on a sovereign nation. "Whatever the motives, this is not justified," declared its Foreign Ministry. In Israel, a lawmaker close to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stopped short of confirming involvement in the strike, which reportedly targeted a convoy believed to be carrying anti-aircraft weapons bound for Hezbollah. But he hinted that Israel could carry out similar missions in the future.

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stillz
Feb 1, 2013 1:10 PM CST
Zionism is the real terrorist here, as they have been for 65 years with american republicans and zionists alike aiding and abetting this criminal regime , supporting their illegal occupations and wars. Israel has flaunted international law for decades, but the zionist liars continue to use the holocaust and anti-semitism to justify their illegal actions..america is full of the blind, deaf and silent, filled with propaganda most of their life's, wouldn't know the truth if it blew up in front of their faces.
Imhotep
Feb 1, 2013 8:04 AM CST
Israel stopped a convoy of contraband weapons leaving Syria and on their way to the Hezbolla. If Syria and Iran find fault with that then they can go to hell. And as far as Syria goes, who is speaking for them ? The terrorist militant rebels ? Iran is pushing just like that fat slob in N. Korea. Keep it up.
hog_one
Feb 1, 2013 5:28 AM CST
Let's see if I got the facts right, based on most of the comments. Israel gets attacked...good. Israel does the attacking......bad. Does that mean... America gets attacked....good or America attacks... bad. It all depends where you live. I'm not going to say everything either country does is perfect, it all depends where you live. And Mr._Joshua.....you can call me Mr. Hog One, since I'm older.......just funning.