On Syria, Iran tells Israel they 'will regret this recent aggression'


Saeed Jalili, who heads the Iranian Supreme National Security Council, speaks during a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus on Feb. 4, 2013.


Louai Beshara

A high-ranking Iranian official said on Monday that Israel will regret last week's air strike against Syria, though the remarks were vague on the point of military action. 

"They will regret this recent aggression," said Saeed Jalili, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council at a news conference in Damascus.  

Last week Israel destroyed what US officials said were ground-to-air missiles reportedly on their way to Hezbollah militants, according to the Associated Press.  

"The Islamic world will not allow aggression against Syria," Jalili said. "Syria stands on the front line of the Islamic world against the Zionist regime ... The Islamic world must show due reaction to the Israeli aggression."

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Ehud Barak, Israel's Defense Minister, said on Sunday the strike communicated to Iran that Israel would prevent weapons from entering Lebanon, according to Reuters.