Iran says Tel Aviv under threat if U.S. attacks Syria
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“Syria has enough capability to respond to [military] attacks on its own, and if the US fires a missile into Syria, it will receive its response in Tel Aviv,” spokesman for the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of Iran’s Majlis Hossein Naqavi Hosseini said on Thursday.
"Despite the insistence of many countries on finding a political solution to the crisis in Syria, Washington has always insisted on the military option", he added.
The US and other Western countries have intensified their rhetoric of war against Syria over allegations that the Syrian government was behind a recent chemical attack near Damascus. Syria has categorically rejected the accusations, saying the militants in the country carried out the attack as a false-flag operation.
“The US objective of an attack on Syria goes beyond military intervention in this country because the US seeks to have a military presence along the Zionist regime’s border …[something] that Syria has not permitted the US to do, so far,” Naqavi Hosseini stated.
The Iranian legislator expressed confidence that major powers which oppose the US presence in the region will “definitely react” to any military attack on Syria.
Representatives from permanent members of the United Nations Security Council -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia, and China -- met on Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York on the crisis in Syria for the second time in two days. However, the meeting ended inconclusively, with the ambassadors steadily walking out after less than an hour.
The previous meeting on Wednesday also abruptly ended with the Security Council deeply divided over a British-proposed draft resolution to authorize military action against Syria.
Syrian Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi said on Wednesday that the West is seeking to turn Syria into a second Iraq and that the issue of chemical weapons use is only a pretext for war. He added that any military action against Syria would serve the interests of Israel and al-Qaeda-linked militants fighting against the Syrian government.