Report: Syria claims right to 'surprise retaliation' against Israel
January 31st, 2013
10:40 AM ET

Report: Syria claims right to 'surprise retaliation' against Israel

Syria's has the right to a "surprise retaliation" after Israel's airstrike, its ambassador to Lebanon is quoted as saying, and Syria's foreign ministry has summoned the head of the United Nations mission in the Golan Heights over the attack, Syria's state news agency reports.

Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali said Israel's airstrike Wednesday was on a research center, according to the Hezbollah official website Moqawama.

A senior U.S. official on Wednesday, however, said Israeli jet fighters hit a Syrian convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

It was not certain whether the U.S. and Syrian accounts referred to the same incidents.

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  1. Ka-boom

    Sure it was a research center

    January 31, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. Paul

    The Arab method of retaliation is to kill civilians. It is the culture of death.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joseph

    Why was Syria transporting weapons to Lebanon?

    Answer: To re-ignite a civil war in Lebanon.

    It may be time for the international community to lend a major helping hand in removing Assad once and for all.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thinker23

    Syria certainly has a "right for surprise retaliation against Israel." Hopefully, Syrian leaders are not suicidal to use this right.

    January 31, 2013 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Just exactly how many countries does Israel wish to go to war with anyway?

    January 31, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      They are already at war with Syria. Syria refuses to recognize the Jewish State. Do you miss the days when Jews could be killed with impunity?

      January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Not a single one. Israel wants to live in peace with every country on the planet. This is the reason Israel offered peace to all its neighbors since the first day of Israeli independence back in May, 1948.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    Israel has been given a mandate by the US dictated by Israel, to remain untouchable by the Int. community.
    Their attack on Syria adds more to the ongoing horror. Needless to remind that they were the ones who were part of the forces responsible for the Syrian implosion.

    January 31, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Israel is responsible for Syria's civil war? Wow, they are just so masterful in how they manipulate their enemies to kill each other. Kudos to Israel.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Well obviously offering peace and acting peaceful are two very different things eh?

    January 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      "Well obviously offering peace and acting peaceful are two very different things eh?"

      Yes, indeed. You will understand it better if you'll consider that it only makes sense to OFFER peace during a war (it makes little sense to offer peace during peace time). In addition, you'll have to consider that it makes little sense to ACT PEACEFULLY during a war (for example, offering a sandwich and a Coke to someone aiming a loaded gun at you) as this only will get you killed.

      January 31, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    @Paul
    Its a no brainer and a known to all but those who by desire want to remain ignorant.
    The Syrian implosion initiated to oust a pro-Russian and tilted towards Iran regime was in the making for sometime by Israel-US-S.Arabia alliance and Turkey got on board at a later stage.

    January 31, 2013 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      But of course! Only a no brainer would believe that Israel-US-S.Arabia alliance would be willing to oust a pro-Russian and tilted towards Iran regime and replace it by multiple gangs of Islamist fanatics from Al Qaeda and similar organizations.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    Arms to the rebels were supplied by the alliance and its now admitted that some groups were trained by Israel at locations elsewhere.

    January 31, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      "... its now admitted that some groups were trained by Israel ..."

      Admitted? By WHOM?

      January 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      If true, good for Israel.

      January 31, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Its old news@thinker 23
    Leaked e-mails from former director of notorious Blackwater, Smith, confirmed that this was being done thru SCG Int, the US security firm.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    Not necessarily @Paul.
    For us Americans its US interests in an already hostile M.East that take priority over interests of any other nation. We have been hurt and badly by blindly following diktats from Tel Aviv in our economic and strategic goals in that region.
    Not anymore I hope for the sake of this country of ours.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    good day all.

    January 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Timetocoolit

    Obviously Isreal did this in an attempt to defend themselves against missle attack- obviously they have every reason to believe that will happen based on the past. Time for Iran Syria etc.. to start behaving responsibility and ensure israel and everyone else, that they take the step to cool the situation, and give assurances of peace and stability- instead of drum beating. If they do that the onis will be on Isreal to stand fast. What is it exactly are they attempting to accomplish over there?

    January 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Syria, that wouldn't be very smart. You have about all you can cope with now.

    January 31, 2013 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BOMBO

    Logically, does this assume that Syria would never have done anything to Israel if the airstrike had never happened?

    Didn't think so.

    February 1, 2013 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
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