US strikes on Syria 'justified', says Israeli official
16 April, 2018, 01:32
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for USA -led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria.
"Israel maintains full freedom of action on its borders we will not comprise on less than this", Education Minister and security cabinet member Naftali Bennett said Sunday on Israeli radio. The Douma attack killed over 40 people, with hundreds wounded by exposure to chemical agents. "Israel's support remains unchanged", Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu said that it should be "clear to Syrian President Bashar-al Assad that his irresponsible efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and its use. and his willingness to allow Iran and its proxies to entrench themselves in Syria" put the country in danger.
Lebanon's Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah early in the day said that Israel had made a "historic blunder" using all the attack.
The official went on to say that Syria's "murderous actions" jeopardize the country's territory, forces and leadership.
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Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge".
"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting worldwide law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, in addition to several other high-ranking Israeli officials, expressed approval of the allied strike on Syrian targets following the most recent chemical attack in the war torn nation.
Syria, Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.
He said the United States' response would integrate "all instruments of our power", including diplomatic and economic avenues. Just weeks ago, Trump said he wanted to end US involvement in Syria and bring American troops home to focus on the homeland.
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Israeli army officials said Israel would overthrow the Assad government if Iran attacked Israel through Syria . Netanyahu fears that a US retreat from the conflict will allow Iran to expand its influence.
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There was also no indication that Syrian government forces had entered Douma on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. That attack in Duma, a rebel-held town in Syria's eastern Ghouta region, left dozens dead, including children.
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Moscow on Thursday night warned against any United States move that could trigger a conflict between the nuclear-armed rivals. The same officials say Syria has continued to produce or procure chlorine, which also has industrial and agricultural uses.
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The joint military campaign drew a swift and harsh response from Russian Federation , a key Syrian ally and its strongest partner. President Trump did not specifically state the targets but did say the targets were associated with chemical weapon capabilities.
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