Netanyahu: Syria Won’t Be Used as Front Against Israel; IDF Preventing Weapons From Reaching Hezbollah in Lebanon
Israel is working to ensure that Syria does not become a front against the Jewish state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Tuesday, according to Israeli news site nrg.
The prime minister stressed that the Israeli military would continue to keep weapons from flowing through war-torn Syria, especially into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon.
A few days after Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon elaborated on what he called a minor Russian incursion into Israeli airspace, Netanyahu emphasized the importance of coordination between the Russian and Israeli armies.
“It was very important for us to avoid any collision between the IDF and the Russian army, and this coordination was done. The recent incidents clarify how important that connection is,” Netanyahu told a conference on developments in northern Israel.
Earlier this week, according to nrg, Israel’s defense minister said Russia had stayed out of Israeli airspace except for “one small deviation, which was fixed immediately through communication channels.”
“A plane reached about a mile into Israeli airspace, but we got on the radio and it promptly made its way back to Syrian territory,” he said, adding that the incident occurred over the Golan Heights, where the Israeli army has carried out some attacks since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war.
Ya’alon said Israel and Russia understood not to interfere with each other’s ability to engage in Syria, and that Israel was not seeking to affect policy in Syria.
Netanyahu’s comments on Tuesday also came amid a crisis between Russia and Turkey over the Turkish army’s downing of a Russian jet. Russia has slapped sanctions on Turkey, whose leaders have refused to apologize for shooting down the Russian Sukhoi Su-24.
The prime minister also met with Putin on the sidelines of the climate conference in Paris where, Netanyahu said, the two leaders “had an extended conversation.”
“I think now we understand very well the importance of the visit to Moscow several weeks ago,” said Netanyahu.