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Bibi: Iran Is Expanding Its Influence

PM Netanyahu speaking at a podium (Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has summed up a new Mossad report on Iran's growing influence in the Middle East, that "ISIS going out, Iran coming in." Ynet News' Matan Tzuri reports that Netanyahu warned that the Islamic Republic is threatening the Jewish state through direct military forces in Syria, as well as through its terror proxies in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Iran was expanding its regional influence in Syria.

Netanyahu said the government was briefed by Mossad Director Yossi Cohen on the security challenges Israel faces. "I'll give you a summary in one sentence—ISIS going out, Iran coming in. Simple. We're mostly talking about Syria," he said during a ceremony in Ashdod.

"Our policy is clear: We firmly oppose to the military buildup of Iran and its proxies, primarily Hezbollah, in Syria. And we will do whatever it takes to protect Israel's security," he stressed.

"We are protecting the country and its borders. We are bolstering the IDF—strengthening security forces all the time—to ensure security," the prime minister added.

"We know that in order to build this country, we must protect it. That's the top priority," Netanyahu asserted.

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