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Israel admits 2007 strike on Syria nuclear reactor, warns enemies

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Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran. reuters

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday a 2007 strike on a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor was a message to his country’s enemies, after the military acknowledged the raid for the first time.

“The motivation of our enemies has increased in recent years, but the strength of our army, our air force and our intelligence capabilities have increased compared with the capabilities we had in 2007,” Mr Lieberman said in a statement.

“This equation should be taken into account by everyone in the Middle East.”

Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz was more explicit, specifically naming Iran.

“The courageous decision of the Israeli government almost 11 years ago to destroy the nuclear reactor in Syria and the successful operation following it sends a clear message: Israel will never allow nuclear weapons to countries like Iran who threaten its existence,” he wrote on Twitter.

Yesterday, Israel’s military formally admitted carrying out the top-secret raid and released newly declassified material related to the operation.

The 2007 strike occurred at a desert site in the Deir Ezzor region of eastern Syria on what Israel says was a nuclear reactor under construction.

It had long been widely assumed that Israel carried out the strike. Syria has denied it was building a nuclear reactor.

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