Syrian rebels accuse Assad of giving in to Israel

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 1 at 3:34 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Opposition figures in Syria are indicating that they might be more willing to tangle with Israel if they come to power.

Opposition leaders and rebels today slammed Syrian President Bashar Assad for not responding to a rare Israeli airstrike near Damascus. They say it's proof of his weakness, and his willingness to give in to the Jewish state.

U.S. officials have said Wednesday's Israeli airstrike hit a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons that were bound for the militant Lebanese Hezbollah group.

The attack has fueled rage among many Syrians, who say they must now fear warplanes from Israel as well as those from Assad's forces.

Until now, Israel has refrained from actions that could be seen as intervention in Syria's civil war.

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091-a-15-(Robert Danin (dah-NEEN'), senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, in AP interview)-"to see crossed"-Robert Danin, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says Israel apparently moved to keep anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of Hezbollah. (1 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *091 (02/01/13)>> 00:15 "to see crossed"

092-a-12-(Robert Danin (dah-NEEN'), senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, in AP interview)-"toward the Israelis"-Robert Danin, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, says Syria seems too preoccupied to retaliate against Israel. (1 Feb 2013)

<<CUT *092 (02/01/13)>> 00:12 "toward the Israelis"

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