NETANYAHU: U.S. SUPPORTS ESCALATED ISRAELI RESPONSE TO IRAN IN SYRIA

NETANYAHU: U.S. SUPPORTS ESCALATED ISRAELI RESPONSE TO IRAN IN SYRIA

NETANYAHU: U.S. SUPPORTS ESCALATED ISRAELI RESPONSE TO IRAN IN SYRIA

The United States supports increased Israeli activity against Iran in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, as he attempted to assuage the Israeli public that the Trump administration’s withdrawal of troops from Syria will not harm Israeli security.

 

 

NETANYAHU: U.S. SUPPORTS ESCALATED ISRAELI RESPONSE TO IRAN IN SYRIA
NETANYAHU: U.S. SUPPORTS ESCALATED ISRAELI RESPONSE TO IRAN IN SYRIA

 

“We will continue to act in Syria to prevent Iran’s effort to militarily entrench itself against us,” Netanyahu said during a tripartite meeting with his Greek and Cypriot counterparts in Beersheba. “We are not reducing our efforts; we will increase our efforts. I know that we do so with the full support and backing of the US.”

The IDF will also continue to destroy the attack tunnels Hezbollah dug along the northern border, Netanyahu said.

“These tunnels were built by Hezbollah with direct support and funding from Iran,” the prime minister said. “This is the Iranian web of aggression in the Middle East, which also terrorizes Europe and the entire world. Israel continues its operation against the terror tunnels and will do so until its completion. As we speak, we are employing means to neutralize these tunnels,” he said.

Russia also turned its eyes to Israel’s northern border on Thursday. A Russian parliamentary foreign affairs delegation visited the area of the tunnels with the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Netanyahu spoke by phone with US President Donald Trump, their second conversation this week on Syria. Netanyahu’s office said that the two leaders discussed ways to continue the joint cooperation between Israel and the US against Iranian aggression.

Trump, however, publicly clarified on Twitter that he did not favor military action when he spoke of halting Middle East threats.

 

Read more: The Jerusalem Post

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