Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened that the regime will hit Iranian targets “anywhere in Syria,” where Iranian military advisors have been giving effective assistance to the national army in its battles against Tel Aviv-backed terror groups.
“We will continue to act against [Tehran’s] intention to establish a military presence in Syria across from us, not just across from the Golan Heights but anywhere in Syria,” he said on Wednesday.
Iran has been offering military advisory support to Syria at the request of the Damascus government, enabling its army to speed up its gains on various fronts against the terror groups.
Israel has frequently attacked military targets inside Syria in what is widely viewed as an attempt to prop up the terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats at the hands of Syrian soldiers.
There has been a hike in Israeli strikes since the collapse late last year of the Daesh terror group, something that significantly demoralized the other Takfiri militant groups operating against Damascus.
On April 9, an Israeli airstrike against the T-4 airbase in Syria’s Homs Province killed more than a dozen people, including seven Iranian military advisors.
Iran has pledged that it would punish Israel for the deadly air raid.
Israel has also been providing weapons to anti-Damascus militants as well as medical treatment to Takfiri elements wounded in Syria.
In the course of their recent advances in terrorist-held areas, Syrian government forces have discovered considerable amounts of Israeli-made munitions, including chemical warfare, digital equipment and drugs.
Damascus has repeatedly written to the UN in condemnation of Israeli acts of aggression, calling on the world body and its Security Council to take firm measures against the regime.
Netanyahu due in Europe over Iran
Elsewhere in his remarks, Netanyahu announced that he will travel to Germany, France and Britain next week to meet with European leaders on Iran’s presence in Syria and the 2015 nuclear deal.
“I will present them (the European leaders) with the latest strategic developments in our region, which are connected to the efforts to halt Iranian aggression in Syria and elsewhere,” he said. “We will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons.”
Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and vowed to reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran. Netanyahu hailed Trump’s decision, calling the accord a “recipe for disaster.”
Additionally on Wednesday, Israel’s minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman flew to Moscow to hold talks with his Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu on Iran’s presence in Syria.
Before his flight, Liberman tweeted, “The main focus of the security forces has been to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching themselves in Syria.”