Netanyahu: Israel Won’t Attack Syria if Existing Agreements are Upheld

Middle East

The comment comes in the wake of an overnight attack against Syrian military facilities and the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Moscow on Wednesday, where he discussed Middle East issues with Russian President Putin.

On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu said that israel did not have any problems with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and would not intervene in the country if the existing agreements are upheld, according to Haaretz.

“I have set a clear policy that we do not intervene and we have not intervened. This has not changed. What has troubled us is ISIS* [Daesh] and Hezbollah and this has not changed. The heart of the matter is preserving our freedom of action against anyone who acts against us. Second, the removal of the Iranians from Syrian territory,” he said to reporters.

Hours before the remarks were made, the israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they had fired missiles into Syria’s southwestern Quneitra province in “response to an intrusion by a Syrian UAV that was intercepted earlier on Wednesday.” 

The confrontation came amid Netanyahu’s visit to Moscow. A high-ranking Israeli official has quoted Benjamin Netanyahu as saying, during Wednesday’s talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that Israel “won’t take action against the Assad regime,” according to Reuters. 

At the same time, Netanyahu reportedly underlined that Moscow should encourage Iranian forces…

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