Israeli PM voices 'total support' for strikes against Syria
Apr 16 2018
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday reaffirmed Israel's support for the USA -led missile attack on Syria.
He added Israel fully supports President Trump's stance on the issue, and applauded the president for his resolve.
"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 strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others. "Tonight, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom enforced that line", another Israeli official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The official said that Israel received the warning between 12 and 24 hours before the attack was carried out.
Iran's involvement in Syria in support of Assad has alarmed Israel, which has said it will counter any threat.
The premier said he spoke with May on Saturday night following the joint strikes, which targeted three alleged chemical weapons facilities in Syria. Iran is the key backer alongside Russian Federation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, providing military advisors and "volunteer" ground forces.
It said Friday that after an "functional and intelligence-based evaluation" the military concludes that the "Iranian aircraft was armed with explosives and has been tasked with attack Israeli territory".
"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.
Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, according to his office.
The air strikes at multiple targets began around 9:00 pm Eastern Time (0100 GMT) and saw US, French and British assets firing missiles at the Bashar Assad regime's chemical production facilities.