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Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons.Amos Yadlin, Israel's military intelligence chief at the time, said on Israel Radio that even with a functioning reactor, it would have taken Syria years to build a nuclear weapon.Israel's decision to go public comes after repeated calls in recent months by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the United States and the international community to take tougher action on Iran, Syria's ally.Netanyahu said Wednesday that Israel was determined to prevent its enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons. Yadlin said Israel decided at the time against acknowledging the raid on the reactor so as not to provoke Syrian President Bashar Assad into retaliating.The mission to destroy the reactor started at 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 5 and ended with the return of the warplanes at 2:30 a.m. the next day, the Israeli military said.The strike came about a year after Israel's inconclusive war against Hezbollah, in which the Lebanese group battled Israel's army to a stalemate.
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