BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:40 P.M.) – The Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz stated on Tuesday that he welcomes the assassination of the Syrian scientist last week.
However, the Intelligence Minister declined to comment on whether or not Israel played a role in the assassination.
“We don’t of course comment on reports of this kind and I’m not going to comment now,” Katz told Israeli army radio.
“I can say that assuming the details of this man’s activities are correct and he was engaged in developing chemical weapons and longer-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, I certainly welcome his demise.”
The Syrian scientist Katz is referencing is General ‘Aziz Isbar, who was the head of the Scientific Research and Development Institute in the western Hama city of Masyaf.
A Syrian military source told Al-Masdar that they believe Israel was behind the assassination, despite some claims by rebel groups.