Mofaz Leads Israeli Delegation to States

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Transportation Shaul Mofaz and a delegation of Israeli defense officials left for a series of meetings with their US counterparts in the the States.

Mofaz will meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington to discuss the situation with Syria and Iran.

"Syria is entangled up to its neck with aiding Hezbollah and other terror groups, like Hamas," Mofaz told reporters.

"Now it must decide -- does it want to continue to allow Iran to lead it by the nose or does it want to abandon the axis of evil. The ball is in Syria's court," he said.

"We must ensure that our moves regarding Syria are measured, very level-headed and very, very responsible," he said. "I'm not interested in issuing labels [for Syrian President Bashar Assad] as to whether I believe him or not -- but his strategic decision was to side with Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah -- and that's speaks volumes," Mofaz said.

"Our strategy is to forge a front that is as wide-reaching as possible," he said. "Now we can also include Italy among the ranks of that front, now that they've elected Silvio Berlusconi," he said.

Accompanying Mofaz are the Defense Ministry's Diplomatic-Security Bureau chief Major General Amos Gilad, Foreign Affairs Ministry Director General Aharon Abramovitch and a number of senior Israel Defense Forces Military Intelligence and Mossad officials.

Source: YNet news

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