facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Israel warns Assad not to start war

June 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM   |   Comments

| License Photo
JERUSALEM, June 29 (UPI) -- Israel has reportedly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad not to start a war with the Jewish state to divert attention from his domestic problems.

News of the warning comes from the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. Al-Jarida said Israel sent a message to Assad through Turkey following intelligence reports of unusual Syrian troop movements.

Those reports included information that long-range ballistic missiles had been moved into positions that could be used to target Israel.

"It's almost a cliché -- this is what he always does," said Andrew Tabler, a Syrian expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "He's under pressure at home, so he deflects attention."

Tabler told the Post Assad did the same thing during the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

"This time it's with the Palestinian cause," he said. "This is not going to work."

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

2014: The Year in Music [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Pakistan PM Nawaz in hiding, death toll reaches 11
2
Boy being treated for brain tumor taken from hospital
3
Obamas attend wedding of personal chef
4
Ukrainian cargo plane crashes in Algeria killing seven
5
Lesotho military allegedly takes control of government buildings
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback