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Visiting Syrian Wounded, Netanyahu Says ‘Iran is Arming Those Who Are Carrying Out the Slaughter’

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IDF medics treating wounded Syrians along the Golan Heights border with Lebanon. Photo: IDF.

IDF medics treating wounded Syrians along Israel's Golan Heights border. Photo: IDF.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blamed Iran’s arming of Syria for the continued bloodshed in the neighboring country. His remarks were made as he toured an Israeli Defense Forces field hospital, along Israel’s Golan Heights northern border, where wounded Syrians are being treated by Israeli medics.

Speaking at the IDF base, Netanyahu said, “On the day when talks between the major powers and Iran are being opened in Vienna, it is important that the world sees the pictures from this place, which divides the good that is in the world from the bad.”

“The good part is that Israel is saving the lives of those who have been wounded in the daily slaughter that is being perpetrated in Syria. This is the true face of Israel. The bad part is that Iran is arming those who are carrying out the slaughter. This is the true face of Iran.”

“All of the children who have been injured, to say nothing of those who have been killed, were injured as a result of Iran’s arming, financing and training the Assad regime in the massacres that it is perpetrating,” Netanyahu said.

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“From here, I would like to tell the world, today, as the talks between the major powers and Iran are being resumed, that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character. Iran is continuing to support the Assad regime which is slaughtering its own people. This is the true face of Iran. The world cannot forget this.”

Netanyahu was accompanied on the tour by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz, while GOC Northern Command Maj.-Gen. Yair Golan briefed them on the presence of jihadist elements in Syria and on the work being done to fortify the border fence.

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