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Israel Attack Has Iran in Panic Mode

Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 09:06 PM

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Israel's air strike on Syria has Iran and other Arab states "in a panic," Israeli government sources tell NewsMax.

On Sept. 6, Israeli aircraft attacked a site in Syria believed to be a nuclear-related facility containing material delivered by North Korea.

In a story for the Sunday Times of London, reporter Uzi Mahnaimi revealed that Israeli jets were directed to the site 50 miles from the Iraqi border by a commando team using lasers beams to pinpoint the location. Mahnaimi is the son of an Israeli general, and is very well connected.

According to Mahnaimi, the Syrians are contemplating their next move. “All I can say is the military and political echelon is looking into a series of responses as we speak," said Syrian Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa.

Israel also has been keeping most details of the raid a secret, but the government is pleased by the effect of the attack.

"This has restored to an extent some of the deterrence that we lost last year during the second Lebanon war,” a senior Israeli government official tells NewsMax.

Iran, whose president says Israel should be wiped off the map, adopted a war footing after the attack. On Sunday it vowed that if it is attacked by the U.S., 500 to 600 Shahab-3 missiles would be ready to launch on Israel.

The Iranians announced Tuesday morning that they were blocking Gmail and Google access to Internet users inside Iran.

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