Iran drone intercepted in Feb was Strike Assignment

16 April, 2018, 11:57 | Author: Edward Snyder
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African asylum seekers and Israeli activists protest in central Jerusalem, against their deportation, on April 4, 2018.

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.

Friday's missile strike was in response to a chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus that the Syrian government is widely believed to be behind.

Netanyahu said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must understand that "his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endangers Syria".

"With all due respect, at the end of the day, we have sometimes to go and do what needs to be done because there is an imminent threat", Ben-Shalom said while justifying the Israeli actions.




Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge".

In a written statement, Netanyahu said the decision taken by the USA and backed by the United Kingdom and France shows that the commitment of these countries to combat chemical weapons is not limited to the declaration. A USA embassy spokesperson confirmed the Israeli official's comment to Reuters.

Israel is endorsing the decision to use military action in Syria. The armed Iranian-backed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.

"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.

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