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September 04, 2002

Watch it Syria - Israel sends a warning

Syria's and Iran's surrogate Hizbollah is trying to heat up Israel's northern boarder and killed an Israeli last week.

The Jerusalem Post editorializes in A warning to Damascus

Despite bickering over the state budget and disagreements over how to handle the Palestinian terror campaign, leading Likud and Labor MKs were quick to join hands in issuing dire warnings to the Syrian regime.

Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, who is also Labor Party chairman, told the weekly cabinet session on Sunday that Hizbullah is likely to intensify its provocations in the North, and said that Israel is "using various channels to clearly warn Syria, Lebanon, and Hizbullah that they are playing with fire." Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon (Labor), who is also a member of the security cabinet, was even more blunt: "We have no choice but to strike targets in Syria and Lebanon, because we cannot let the current situation continue. We have to make clear that we cannot tolerate what is going on and there will be an end to restraint." Communications Minister Reuven Rivlin (Likud) pointed out that Israel had done its part to fulfill UN resolutions that had called for the IDF to leave Lebanon, and that just as there are no excuses for anti-Israel terror to continue on the northern border, so too there are no excuses for Israel not to retaliate against such attacks.