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Israel in communication with Assad

November 14th, 2012
12:08 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

The former head of Israel’s intelligence agency, Efraim Halevy, has refused to characterize Syrian shelling on the Israel-Syria border as neither deliberate nor as just an accidental spillover from the ongoing civil war.

Initially Israel did not respond to shells falling in its territory. But on Sunday Israel returned fire for the first time since the 1973 Yom Kippur War.

In an interview CNN’s Hala Gorani on Tuesday, Halevy said that at first, Israel purposely avoided hitting a military target; but after the second shelling, Israeli forces hit an artillery battery.

While Israel did this on the ground, it “also sent a message, an oral message through certain channels to the presidency in Damascus that this would not be tolerated," Halvey said. “It would not be to his interest or the interests of anybody in Syria to involve Israel in any possible way in the current fighting.”

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Mortar attacks on Golan have come to an end. And on Tuesday night Israeli television showed pictures of the Syrian battery withdrawing from the area.

“It shows that Damascus received the message and does not wish to … involve Israel or to find a combat situation which would involve Israel on the ground.”

The message Israel sent with its return shelling was not only intended for the current Syrian regime, Halevy said, but instead for any future Syrian leaders.

“If the Assad regime falls, anybody who takes over in Damascus will know that trying to involve Israel… will be met the way we have met it the last two days,” Halevy said.

To that end, Halevy adds that Israel’s message was also meant for Iran. He says Iranian combat units have been involved in combat in Syrian territory.

“This is an aspect which is of enormous concern to Israel because Israel's confrontation with Iran is not only around that part of the world, but also far beyond.”

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  1. L Yates

    Things ar coming t boiling point in th Mid.East -All part of th EndTime scenario.A 7yr treaty wl come forth-Daniel 9:27>

    November 14, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  2. L Yates

    (CONTINUED) Then itscount down t th end-disasters,war- world rulercomingsoon – not f longthenJESUSwl overthrow it all

    November 14, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  3. Karim

    By responding in kind Israel arguably has helped the Assad regime, after all the Syrian regime out of desperation can resort to a measure of this kind which in its view may lessen the appalling populous dislike the regime faces in the region.

    November 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  4. Mohamed

    This article's headline is so misleading. "Israel in communication with Assad" implies that both parties communicated with each other. But the article only mentions that Israel sent an oral message to Assad. If intentional, this is a ridiculous way to get people to click on the article. If it's not intentional, it means CNN just has bad journalistic standards. Both ways not good. Does anyone agree with me?

    November 14, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • Thinker23

      Do you have anything to say about the content of the article?

      November 14, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
    • dov goldberg


      December 7, 2012 at 4:08 am | Reply

    Both Israelis en Palestinians shud use non violent wys to solve their disputs,theyr killing future professionals!

    November 15, 2012 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • ray

      How do you do that?

      December 7, 2012 at 3:12 am | Reply
  6. B.O. Famodimu

    I beg 2 disagree that d article's headline is misleading. CNN journalist here used d word "communication" in a metaphorical sense to lure us 2 read d message.

    November 15, 2012 at 4:40 am | Reply
  7. marty

    yes l.yates we as christians look up for our redemption draweth nigh!! Things are wrapping up everybody..give your lives and hearts to christ before it is forever too late.

    November 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  8. Robert C Lawson

    uh, excuse me?.." Iranian military units involved in combat in Syria"??.. say what??..this is the first such comment I have seen, it has been implied they are supplying assad,, but actual combat is another matter entirely,..btw, with todays GPS location target aquisition systems in use, the chance of an actual "mistake" is so slim as to be undetected at all,,,"we missed" just doesnt cut it these days,,,I for one,, want more on these Iranian units ,5 W,s please??..If! this area explodes in violence,, that is who will be and most likely is! driving it all,,why??.. we still dont know,,,asking a psychopath why he is doing such an act is a waste of breath, might as well save it to cool your porridge for all the rational answers we will recieve,,,I do not! include the Iranian people in this,, but it is a known fact that psychopaths tend to collect other psychopaths as advisors etc,, as one said to me some years ago[while he was stealing my health benifits and tampering with my family],,quote"Oh no! we cant let people like you in at all,, you have too much empathy for others"..[john hewitt, aka "hewitt associates"..note please??.. "associates"...for answers we must learn to look beyond the nutters and see what these "associates" are up to,, they are so often the crux of the problem,,

    November 17, 2012 at 9:20 am | Reply

    3 points.
    Point 1. Amanpour's face lit up on her interview with Mark Bowden when he describe the moment BIN LADEN was shot...
    You could visibly see the PLEASURE on her that proves her so called impartiality....
    2.The message it seems got lost in translation in the Lebanon when Hizbollah kicked Israel rear end.When the strike
    On Iran's nuclear site is made next year....the following countries will go to war with ISRAEL...IRAQ IRAN LEBANON SYRIA and ultimately the PALESTINIANS HAPPY HOLIDAYS .......

    November 17, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Excuse me .... Who kicked who's butt?
      ALL rocket fire from Lebanon totally stopped. Fat rat Nasrallah has been hiding from Israeli drones for five years and rarely shows his ugly Islamic puss!
      Israel won and Hezbollah is terrified!

      November 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Reply
    • dov goldberg

      your dubious assesment of the israel – lebanon war proves that after having been completely out classed and outstrategized for over sixty years by Israel the arab world craves a military victory over Israel and will settle for the destruction of there own cities and the death of their citizens whils't there leaders hide in hospitals. Pathetic really.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:15 am | Reply
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