Israel threatened Syria over Hezbollah


Israel warned Syria to prevent Hezbollah from mounting attacks in solidarity with the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip.

Citing Israeli and European sources, Reuters reported Friday that Jerusalem passed Damascus a secret message last month via an unnamed foreign mediator.

The message was that should Israel mount a major sweep of Gaza and Hezbollah retaliate with its own attacks from Lebanon, Israel would hold Damascus responsible – meaning a possible war with Syria.

Syria, like Iran, is a Hezbollah sponsor.

The reported message was delivered shortly before Israeli forces waged a five-day Gazan offensive against Hamas rocket crews, killing approximately 120 Palestinians, many of them civilians. Hezbollah, though a patron of Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist factions, did not strike.

Israeli officials had no immediate comment on the report.


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