Viewing cable 10TELAVIV414, ISRAELI OFFICIALS REQUEST USG DEMARCHE SYRIA ON
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|10TELAVIV414||2010-02-22 14:02||2010-12-06 21:09||SECRET||Embassy Tel Aviv|
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S E C R E T TEL AVIV 000414 SIPDIS EO 12958 DECL: 02/22/2025 TAGS PREL, PTER, MASS, SY, LE, IS SUBJECT: ISRAELI OFFICIALS REQUEST USG DEMARCHE SYRIA ON POSSIBLE MISSILE TRANSFER TO HIZBALLAH REF: IIR 6-849-9075-10 Classified By: Luis G. Moreno for reasons 1.4 (b),(d) ¶1. (S/NF) On February 22, 2010, BG Yossi Baidatz, Israel Defense
Intelligence (IDI) Chief of Production and Analysis, advised
Embassy Tel Aviv officers that IDI had information suggesting Syria
intended to imminently transfer SCUD-D missiles to Hizballah in
Lebanon. Baidatz explained that IDI viewed completion of such a
transfer as creating a “new level of concern” along Israel’s northern
border, and he requested that the USG demarche the Syrian government
in an attempt to dissuade them from transferring the missiles.
Baidatz requested that any demarche be delivered prior to the
February 25 arrival in Washington of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud
Barak. Baidatz was concerned that a demarche following Barak’s
meeting in Washington would lead the Syrians to believe that the
U.S. and Israel collaborated to uncover and thwart the transfer. ¶2. (S/NF) Embassy Tel Aviv’s Office of Regional Analysis is sending
additional details separately. Cunningham