Israel formally admitted it destroyed a suspected nuclear reactor in Syria ten years ago and served notice to others within the region that it would take similar actions again if necessary.
“Israel will not allow the establishment of capabilities that threaten Israel’s existence,” the BBC quoted an official statement as saying, following the lifting of an order banning officials from discussing the operation.
“This was our message in 2007, this remains our message today and will continue to be our message in the near and distant future.”
Israel was widely believed to have carried out the strike on the facility, but this is the first official confirmation of responsibility. Syria has repeatedly denied that the plant in question was a nuclear reactor. In its official statement, Israel said it believes that it was being built with the help of North Korea.
The implicit warning comes amid growing Israeli concerns about Iranian involvement in Syria.