JTA - 2 Sept 2004:
Israel hints at attacking Syria
Israel’s deputy defense minister hinted Israel might strike Syria in retaliation for the double suicide bombing in Beersheva. Israel has said Syria bears responsibility for the attack which killed 16 people Tuesday because it helps fund and gives logistical help to Palestinian terror groups.
Deputy Defense Minister Ze’ev Boim said Thursday that Israel must adhere to the principal that anyone who strikes at Israel is a target, but that Israel would be able to strike, but strike in a moderate way.
”I believe that it is possible to carry out these attacks by correct selection of targets, in the correct ´dosage,´ placing the red lines that must be placed, without thinking in terms of massive conflagration, which is certainly not in our interest," Boim said on Israel Radio.
Government sources have said that Moussa Abu Marzook, a senior Hamas official now residing in Damascus who is also wanted by the United States, was behind the bombings.
Israel Radio reported that the Israeli government has provided the United States with "concrete evidence" of Syrian involvement in the bombings. Last year Israel attacked targets in Syria in response to a bombing at a Haifa restaurant.