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Lieberman: We will destroy Damascus if Hezbollah attacks northern Israel

Avigdor Lieberman, a far-right Knesset member, threatened to destroy the Syrian capitol, Damascus, if Hezbollah attacks Israel in revenge for the assassination of its top military commander, Imad Mugniyah, on February 13, 2008.

“We must negotiate with Syria only over security arrangements in Lebanon, not the Golan Heights,” Lieberman said while meeting with Russian Jewish immigrants in the American state of New Jersey.

“It should be made clear to [Syrian President Bashar] Assad that if Hezbollah targets the residents of northern Israel, all of Syria will pay, and Assad and his family will lose their rule of the Baath party and will all die. We will not leave a single stone untouched,” he added.

Lieberman said that a democratic state cannot face terrorist threats in the traditional way. “The US managed to destroy Saddam Hussein’s army in a short period of time, but it is now covered in Iraqi mud because it failed to use the same means that terrorist organizations are using, such as suicide bombings and using residents as human shields.”

“Instead of fighting terrorist organizations, we must fight the head. In the case of Hezbollah, Assad is the head, because the party cannot survive without Syrian support,” Lieberman told the crowd.

-NOW Staff

  • shirin

    this statement will have the merit to deter the hizb and its leader from acting as it always did in the past when its actions caused over and over the destruction of lebanon and the death of its people. about Lebanon, the Hizb does not care: lebanon is a natural zone, so Hassan declared. about Syria, he cares!

    June 18, 2008

  • shirin

    Finaly!! why always Lebanon had to pay

    June 18, 2008

  • Siblini

    Why cant they just leave us alone. The whole Middle East is on fire already. Do we need more of tough talks?

    June 18, 2008