Netanyahu: 'Full Support' for US Syria Strikes


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Western powers for launching missile strikes in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons there, and called for the same "zero-tolerance" policy to be adopted towards preventing "terrorist states" from acquiring nuclear weapons, referring to Israel's main enemy Iran.

Israel's National Security Adviser, Meir Ben Shabbat, also spoke with incoming U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton prior to the attack.

"A year ago, I declared Israel's full support for @POTUS Trump's decision to take a stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons", he said.

The joint missile strike by the U.S., Britain and France on Saturday came just days after Israeli forces reportedly attacked a Syrian air base. The armed Iranian-backed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006.

A day earlier, just hours after the Western coalition struck the military targets in Syria, the Israeli army released a statement saying the drone was an armed one meant to carry out an attack in Israel.

"Trump's determination and Israel's support have remained unchanged", he said.

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"Syria continues to carry out murderous actions and to be a base for these and other actions, including by Iran, that puts its territory, forces and leadership in danger", the terse statement said.

Syrian President Bashar Assad has denied that his troops used chemical weapons and threatened to "crush terrorism" throughout his country. "The attack will allow the Americans to say "we did what was needed" and leave Syria", an Israeli source said, according to a Hadashot news report.

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.