Following reports of Israeli air strikes near Damascus the previous night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated on Wednesday that his country would not allow Iran to establish a foothold in Syria.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony for new Israeli Air Force pilots, Netanyahu said, “We are not prepared to accept the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against us. We will act against it vigorously and continuously, including during the current period.”
US President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement last week of the withdrawal of American troops from Syria “will not change anything,” the Israeli leader emphasized.
“We’re standing steadfast on our red lines in Syria and everywhere else,” he said.