Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria - Israeli PM

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

'The accumulation of recent attacks shows that we're more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria, just as we promised.' Israel is believed to have carried out hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian and Hezbollah targets throughout the Syrian civil war but has generally refrained from commenting about them for fear of being drawn into the fighting.

Uncharacteristically, outgoing military chief of staff Gadi syria also spoke publicly of Syrian airstrikes in interviews in recent days.

"We have operated with impressive success in thwarting Iran from establishing a military foothold in Syria, in the framework of which the military has struck hundreds of times against Iranian and Hezbollah targets", Netanyahu said.

"Just in the last 36 hours the air force attacked Iranian warehouses containing Iranian weapons in the Damascus worldwide airport".

"If necessary, we will step up these attacks".

Ties between Israel and Lebanon further deteriorated after the IDF launched Operation Northern Shield in early December 2018, destroying suspected Hezbollah tunnels used to funnel militants and arms across the Israel-Lebanon border.

On Tuesday, Eisenkot will be replace by Maj.

After keeping a low profile throughout most of his term, Eisenkot gave a series on interviews over the weekend focusing on his shifting the military's attention toward Iran directly, instead of just engaging its lesser proxies, Lebanon's Hezbollah and Hamas in Gaza. "During this time we worked together against varied threats in order to build up Israel's security", Netanyahu said.


Netanyahu, visiting the northern border later on Sunday, put the number at "between 1,000 and 2,000" Hezbollah fighters.

After previously reporting the discovery of five tunnels, the Israeli military said another had been found yesterday, 55 metres deep and reaching "a few tens of metres" into Israel from a point 800 metres within Lebanon.

Lt Col Conricus said the sixth tunnel started in the border town of Ramyeh and was 55m (180ft) deep and 800m (2600ft) long.

He claimed the tunnel included stairs, a rail system, and a passageway to allow equipment and forces through.

Under Eisenkot's command, Netanyahu said the IDF made "great achievements", but added that there "was much more work to be done, which we will do".

"According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel".

Hezbollah has not commented on the tunnels, the existence of several of which was confirmed by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon.

Israel has called on the worldwide community to impose tough sanctions on Hezbollah and act against the state within a state operation in Lebanon.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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