Fox News reported:
A senior Iranian lawmaker says Israel will be the “first victim” of any U.S.-led military strike on Syria, predicting that President Bashar Assad’s regime would fight back against the Jewish state.
“No military attack will be waged against Syria,” Hossein Sheikholeslam, the director general of the Iranian parliament’s International Affairs bureau, was quoted saying Monday by Iran’s Fars News Agency, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
“Yet, if such an incident takes place… the Zionist regime will be the first victim of a military attack on Syria,” he added.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday that his country would respond “with force” if Syria does anything to harm it. His comments were his sternest on record on Syria.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with force:
Via Times of Israel
The State of Israel is ready for any scenario. We are not part of the civil war in Syria but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength,” Netanyahu said after a meeting with his security advisers, his second in as many days.
However, Netanyahu’s 11-second message was widely seen in Israel as an attempt to deter Syria rather than to escalate the crisis. And Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and IDF Chief of the General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz spoke in similar vein Tuesday evening.
“We hear the threats,” said Ya’alon, “even though we are not involved in the Syrian civil war.” He added: “We say loud and clear, whoever dares to test us will meet the power of the IDF.