Netanyahu: We Will Not Accept Iran’s Presence in Syria
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, implicitly confirmed the country’s air strikes against targets near the Syrian capital.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu said that his country does air strikes at distant areas, and that the middle east has never witnessed operations performed at this distance.
Netanyahu said: "We will not accept the military presence of the Islamic Republic in Syria which targets us. We will act against this threat regularly with strength.”
He stated that Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria will have no impact on Israel’s policies.
The Syrian army described Israel’s attacks on targets near Damascus as “provocative” and said that these attacks had put non-military planes at risk.
Some Israeli sources say that the reason for Israel’s attack was the landing of a plane in Syria that was carrying Hezbollah officials from Beirut to Damascus. They also mention that two suspicious Iranian planes also left Damascus just before the attacks. According to the Jerusalem Post, an armory with several Iranian Fajr-5 missiles was also destroyed.