A senior Syrian military official says if the U.S. or a coalition of nations attacks Syrian government forces, Syria and its allies will launch an immediate attack on Israel.
“If Damascus comes under attack, Tel Aviv will be targeted too and a full-scale war against Syria will actually issue a license for attacking Israel,” said the Syrian army official who spoke to Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency on condition of anonymity.
“We are rest assured that if Syria is attacked, Israel will also be set on fire and such an attack will, in turn, engage Syria’s neighbors,” he said in the Tuesday interview.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would respond forcefully to any retaliatory attacks against his country. After convening his security advisers on Tuesday to discuss the escalating crisis, Netanyahu vowed, “The state of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength.”
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the BBC Tuesday that U.S. forces are ready to act should President Barack Obama give the order to strike Syrian government assets.
The unnamed Syrian military official’s threats come on the heels of a similar threat from a senior Iranian parliamentary official who also said Israel would be targeted in the event of an American strike.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/08/28/senior-syrian-official-warns-if-u-s-strikes-damascus-well-set-tel-aviv-on-fire/
A chaotic mess for sure!