BRUSSELS (Mar. 11)
Israel’s Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir today blamed Syria for the suicide truck-bomb attack which killed 12 Israeli soldiers and wounded 14 in south Lebanon yesterday.
Shamir, on an official visit to Belgium, was in contact this morning with his Likud-Herut colleague, Minister-Without-Portfolio Moshe Arens in Jerusalem, for information about the attack.
“The terrorists, who are instruments in the hands of the Syrians, succeeded yesterday in committing an atrocious and blind terrorist act against Israeli soldiers busy with the dismantling of our equipment in the frame of the army’s withdrawal process from Lebanon,” Shamir told reporters here.
He promised that the Israeli government will take all necessary measures “to stop this murderous madness.”The terrorists, he said, do not serve the interests of Lebanon but are the agents of Syria.
Asked about the wave of other attacks on Israeli forces in south Lebanon, Shamir declared, “Israel will tight against terrorism, against any terrorism, the Palestinians as well as the Shiite. We will protect our army and the population of Galilee against any terrorism and we will use all our means to do it,” he said.