Israel tries to stop Syria arms deal

2010-09-19 22:18

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister says his country tried to stop Russia's planned sale of cruise missiles to Syria out of concern that they could reach Hezbollah.

Benjamin Netanyahu told a meeting of cabinet ministers from his Likud Party on Sunday that Israel pressured Russia "at all levels" to halt the deal, but to no avail.

A meeting participant confirmed Netanyahu's comments. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was closed.

Russia's defence minister announced in Washington last week that it was going ahead with the planned sale of P-800 anti-ship cruise missiles to Syria.

Israel fears the weapons could reach Hezbollah guerrillas in Lebanon. Israel says Hezbollah used Russian-made weapons during a month-long war in 2006.