Israel fears Syrian proxy strike


Syria could use proxies to retaliate for Israel’s air strike on its territory last month.

Israeli military intelligence chief Major-General Amos Yadlin told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s cabinet in a briefing Sunday that Syria would likely mount a retaliation for the Sept. 6 sortie, but not directly.

Political sources quoted Yadlin as saying that Syria could order its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, to strike at Israel. Several Palestinian terrorist groups are also beholden to Damascus and could be used.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said last week that the air strike targeted a disused military installation, and hinted that his country would respond. Syria is unlikely to spark an all-out war, however, given it’s military inferiority to Israel.


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