After a Pakistani website posted a bogus report that Israel’s “Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon” threatened a nuclear strike on Pakistan should they deploy troops to Syria, the Pakistani Defense Minister replied: ‘Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state.’
By Dan Lavie, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
A false news report in a local Pakistani website prompted the country’s defense minister to send a stern warning Israel’s way on Saturday, threatening a potential nuclear conflict.
The fake report was featured on the Awdnews website after Pakistan announced on Thursday that it was willing to send ground troops to Syria to help the war against the Islamic State group.
The bogus report claimed that “Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon” — who in fact left the position in May 2016 — said: “If Pakistan sends ground troops into Syria on any pretext, we will destroy this country with a nuclear attack.”
Following the Awdnews report, Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, “Israeli def min threatens nuclear retaliation presuming Pak role in Syria against Daesh [ISIS]. Israel forgets Pakistan is a nuclear state too.”
The Israeli Defense Ministry responded with two tweets of its own, stressing that the Awdnews report was fictitious: “The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon re Pakistan was never said,” and “Reports referred to by the Pakistani Def Min are entirely false.”
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