PM Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO) Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO
PM Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv


“We will act against [Iran] vigorously and continuously,” Netanyahu said less than 24 hours after a series of aerial strikes on targets in Syria, including Iranian munitions warehouses.


Israel will not accept Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against it, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Wednesday afternoon as he spoke at the the IAF pilots’ course graduation ceremony at Hatzerim Air Force Base in the Negev.

“I have said that we will not be deterred from doing what is necessary. Therefore, we are called upon and we act,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister added that U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent decision to withdraw American soldiers from Syria would not change Israel’s policy.

“We are standing steadfast on our red lines in Syria and everywhere else,” he said.

Turning to Operation Northern Shield, Israel’s exposure and demolishing of Hezbollah attack tunnels crossing the border from Lebanon, Netanyahu said the IDF was “eliminating Hezbollah’s terrorist tunnels one after the other.

“They think they can produce weapons of destruction against us, but we can overcome them with stratagems, daring and determination,” he said.

Israel, Netanyahu continued was developing “special capabilities that no other country in the Middle East has, and I tell you that some of them, no other country in the world has.”

Those special capabilities he said included weapons systems, defensive systems and offensive missiles that can reach “any target anywhere.

“In the history of the Middle East, there has never been aerial activity such as this. Aircraft ascend and descend, take off and land, and reach arenas both near and far, very far,” Netanyahu said.

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