Israel’s intelligence minister debunked a major claim in Bob Woodward’s book.
Israelâ€™s intelligence minister said on Wednesday he had no knowledge of close ally U.S. President Donald Trump ever ordering the killing of Syriaâ€™s President Bashar al-Assad.
A new book by Watergate reporter Bob Woodward, â€œFear: Trump in the White Houseâ€, says Trump told his defense secretary that he wanted to have Assad assassinated in response to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians in April 2017.
The book said James Mattis, the defense secretary, told Trump he would â€œget right on itâ€ but instead developed a plan for a limited air strike that did not threaten Assad personally.
Trump tweeted that quotes attributed to Mattis were â€œmade up frauds, a con on the publicâ€. Mattis dismissed the book as â€œa uniquely Washington brand of literatureâ€.
â€œI do not know of any such instruction. He (Trump) is also denying it, by the way,â€ Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told Tel Aviv radio station 103 FM.
â€œIn any event, what can be said is that in the framework of the coordination between the United States and Israel … the subject of the Syrian regime is certainly part of the discussions. Israel did not take a decision to topple Assad.â€
Multiple members of the Trump administration also have called out false parts of Woodward’s book.