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Viewing cable 10TELAVIV414, ISRAELI OFFICIALS REQUEST USG DEMARCHE SYRIA ON

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
10TELAVIV414 2010-02-22 14:02 2010-12-06 21:09 SECRET Embassy Tel Aviv
VZCZCXYZ0000
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHTV #0414 0531445
ZNY SSSSS ZZH
O 221445Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY TEL AVIV
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 5589
INFO RUEHLB/AMEMBASSY BEIRUT PRIORITY 6743
RUEHDM/AMEMBASSY DAMASCUS PRIORITY 7611
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. 

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