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Israel gets ready for Syria refugees

2012-01-10 19:14

Jerusalem - Israel's military chief says the country is readying to take in Syrian refugees should Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime fall.

Lt Gen Benny Gantz told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that he expects Assad will be toppled by the popular uprising against him.

Gantz says that would hurt Syria's ruling Alawite minority, so "we are getting ready to take in Alawite refugees in the Golan Heights".

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in 1967, then annexed it in 1981 in a move that has not been recognised internationally.

Gantz also said it was possible Assad would stir up trouble with Israel in the Golan to try to weaken opposition against him.

Gantz's comments were relayed by a meeting participant who, under committee guidelines, spoke on condition of anonymity.

Comments
  • Frik - 2012-01-10 19:41

    Thank you Israel

      Adam - 2012-01-11 19:32

      barry you warped little mongaloid. even when good news stares you in the eyes you are too corrupted to see it for what it is. syria is murdering its own people daily and you try to sway public opinion away from this, to rather label israel as killers, when the truth is they will be taking in refugees to save lives. you sad sad sad pathetic little man. im sure your mosque is responsible for your beliefs, but please try to act like an adult and use your own brain, or am i asking too much?

  • Barry - 2012-01-10 20:00

    Why should Israel take in refugees "should Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime fall " To me it is just another ploy for the Zionists to murder more innocent human beings.

      Nibiru - 2012-01-10 20:32

      And you had the cheek to call somebody else sick in another post

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 21:03

      Yes Larry, As i pointed out, you cannot tell the difference betwwen truth and lies, and you have the audacity to call me sick. You are an emergency case- you need to rush for treatment.

      Sharon - 2012-01-10 21:05

      and wan - king is the capital of china

      Barry - 2012-01-11 07:39

      @Nib...Brilliant comment on the article. Well done !

      Barry - 2012-01-11 07:40

      @Dirk...Bless

  • Euphoric - 2012-01-10 20:17

    the golan heights is an occupied territory. it belongs to syria in the first place

      mundu.olewega - 2012-01-10 20:28

      It was lost by Syria in the second place...they should not have attacked Israel to start with. Bad decisions end with losses. Live with it.

      Dirk - 2012-01-10 21:06

      Syria played with fire and they got their fingers burnt. It now belongs to Israel- end of story- the spoils of war, and is now essential to the state of Israel.

      Barry - 2012-01-11 06:44

      The winds of Change are coming to Israel. Their continued aggressive behaviour in the middle east cannot go unpunished indefinitely.

      Jaba - 2012-01-11 08:31

      Barry, did you fart?

      Barry - 2012-01-11 08:58

      @Jaba. Not recently. You ?

      Blade - 2012-01-11 10:11

      @Barry taking in refugees is construed as aggressive behaviour? Where you "educated" at the same institution as Graziella?

      Blade - 2012-01-11 10:22

      Typo "were"

      Tom - 2012-01-11 10:47

      MOSHE DAYAN......Celebrated Minister of Defense of Israel on Israeli settlements on the Golan Heights and in Hebron, in a 1976 interview with Rami Tal, as quoted in Associated Press reports (11 May 1997) ''Along the Syria border there were no farms and no refugee camps — there was only the Syrian army... The kibbutzim saw the good agricultural land ... and they dreamed about it... They didn't even try to hide their greed for the land... We would send a tractor to plow some area where it wasn't possible to do anything, in the demilitarized area, and knew in advance that the Syrians would start to shoot. If they didn't shoot, we would tell the tractor to advance further, until in the end the Syrians would get annoyed and shoot. And then we would use artillery and later the air force also, and that's how it was...The Syrians, on the fourth day of the war, were not a threat to us.''

      Barry - 2012-01-11 11:43

      @ Blade...most definitely...anything Israel does has to viewed with suspicion as they are not to be trusted. I suppose you think they are the angels of the middle east. Hardly !!

      Blade - 2012-01-11 11:49

      @Barry I have heard that there are shrinks that can assist with victim mentality and conspiracy theory disease...

      Barry - 2012-01-11 19:09

      @Blade...That does not interest me. What does your comment have to do with this article? Bless you...you need it

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