Army Commander Says Israel Does Not Seek to Involve Syria in Current Hezbollah Conflict

A senior army commander said Wednesday that Israel does not want to involve Syria in its current conflict with Lebanon.

Brig. Gen. Alon Friedman, a senior commander on Israel's northern front, told Army Radio that Israel's current policy is not to attack Syria so long as Damascus does not get directly involved in the fighting.

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"Right now we don't have any intention, any thoughts of acting against Syria, unless Syria carries out some sort of act," Friedman said. "As long as Syria remains outside of these activities, we will keep the same policy that we have implemented until now."

Israel has accused Syria of being a prime sponsor, with Iran, of the Lebanese-based Hezbollah militia.

Since July 12, Israel has pummeled Lebanon with airstrikes after Hezbollah attacked an Israeli military border patrol, killing eight soldiers and kidnapping two others.

In the beginning of the fighting, Israeli warplanes buzzed the palace of Syrian President Bashar Assad in what analysts called a warning to Damascus.