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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Friday, February 1, 2013

Syria is weapons arsenal for Hezbollah

Although a retaliatory strike is not to be expected from Syria, the Israeli air strike could open up a new line of conflict, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung warns: "Because the Hezbollah in Lebanon could seek to retaliate with new violence. ... The stationing of two missile defence batteries in the north of Israel immediately before the attack on Syria confirms such worries on the part of the Israeli leadership. However Hezbollah's initial reaction calling for international condemnation of Israel shows little fighting spirit. Without backing from Syria, it seems the Shiite militia is not willing to wage war on Israel at the moment. So is this all smoke and no fire? Unfortunately not. ... The closer the end of its protector Assad comes, the more Hezbollah will want to fill its arsenals with everything it can get out of Syria, from simple missiles to - in the worst case - weapons of mass destruction. Israel will keep a close eye on developments, and certainly won't allow its worst enemies to rearm. This fight has only just begun."

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