Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a stark warning to Iran on Tuesday over its presence in Syria, telling it to “get out of there quickly” or face further Israeli military action.
In remarks at the installation ceremony of new Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi at the IDF headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu charged, “Iran lies all the time. It lied about the nuclear deal, which we exposed with the removal of the secret nuclear archive from Tehran. It is lying now, when it sends a seemingly innocent satellite into space, but in fact wants to obtain the first stage of an intercontinental missile, in violation of all international agreements.”
He continued: “I heard yesterday an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson say, ‘Iran has no military presence in Syria, we are just advising.’ So I advise them to get out of there quickly, because we will continue our aggressive policy, as we promised and as we are doing, without fear and without pause.”
Netanyahu’s comments came only two days after a rare confirmation by the prime minister of Israeli responsibility for a strike in Syria — this one on an Iranian weapons storage facility at Damascus International Airport.