Israeli PM voices 'total support' for strikes against Syria

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

The premier said he spoke with May on Saturday night following the joint strikes, which targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria.

Israel and Syria are bitter enemies sharing a tense border.

Israel regularly targets military sites inside Syria, saying it will prevent Iran and the Iran-allied Hezbollah group from using Syria as a base to threaten the Jewish state. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said there were no reports of USA losses in what he described as a heavy but carefully limited assault.

Israel says in response to the American-led strike in Syria that the Middle Eastern country's "murderous actions" put itself in danger.

"I reiterated that the main element that is subverting the Middle East more than any other is Iran, and that President Assad must understand that when he allows Iran and its proxies to establish a military presence in Syria, he is endangering both Syria and the stability of the entire region", the Israeli leader said of his phone call with the British premier. In a statement released ahead of a press conference in Kampala, State Minister for Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees Musa Ecweru confirmed his country was in talks with Jerusalem to accept several hundred refugees deported from Israel.

In effect, the ultimate implications of the coalition attack largely depend on whether it is a one-off response or the beginning of a massive campaign against the Syrian government.

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"If the attacks continue and will be in a larger scale, chances for retaliation against Israel grow", Zehavi told Xinhua.

Israel has mounted air strikes in Syria on a regular basis, targeting suspected weapons shipments to Lebanese Hezbollah.

While Russia is being agitated by the coalition attack on Syria, Israel might be the one to pay the price. He says there also is no indication that Russian air defense systems were employed early Saturday in Syria.

Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, says the US -led airstrikes against Syria has been "a very serious blow".

"If it will be followed by a consistent policy, it may mean that the back in town, which is good news for Israel", she added.

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