Israel Will Not Permit Iran in Syria
The Fellowship | November 15, 2017
This week, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman toured the Israeli-Syrian border to the north, visiting the IDF troops that watch this treacherous area. And, Algemeiner’s Barney Breen-Portnoy reports, Liberman warned that the IDF will not allow Iran to enroach – and create an operating base from which to strike Israel – in Syria:
A day after Russia’s top diplomat called Iran’s presence in war-torn Syria “legitimate,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman signaled on Wednesday a disagreement with the Kremlin’s position.
At the end of a two-day tour of Israel’s northern border, Lieberman — who was accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot and other top brass — declared, “When you meet IDF soldiers, you are sure you have someone to rely on. We maintain absolute freedom of action. We will not permit Iranian Shia entrenchment in Syria, and we will not allow all of Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel. Whoever doesn’t understand this — should understand.”
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the IDF would continue to operate in Syria “in accordance with our security needs.” His comment came in the wake of the announcement by the US, Russia and Jordan over the weekend of a ceasefire deal in southern Syria…