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June 19, 2017 4:11 pm

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu: We Don’t Intervene in Syria War, but We Do Give Humanitarian Aid to Children

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the Ziv Medical Center in Safed on Monday. Photo: Amos Ben Gerhsom / GPO via Netanyahu’s Facebook account.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to pour cold water on Monday a Wall Street Journal report that the Jewish state has been secretly providing rebel groups in southern Syria with money, fuel, food and medical supplies in recent years.

“We do not intervene in this terrible, bloody conflict, but we do provide humanitarian assistance to boys and girls,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying by Israel’s Channel 2 during a visit to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed, where, according to the prime minister, more than 2,000 Syrians wounded in the ongoing war in their home country have received treatment.

“I see men, women and children who viewed us as enemies when they arrived here,” he continued. “They [now] understand more than ever that the State of Israel is a moral stronghold and a ray of light in our region.”

Also on Monday, Netanyahu issued a warning to Iran, which over the weekend launched several surface-to-surface ballistic missiles into Syria, targeting ISIS fighters. This marked the first time in three decades that the Tehran regime had fired such missiles into a foreign country.

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“We, the IDF and our security forces, are monitoring all the time Iran’s activities in the area,” Netanyahu told Likud lawmakers at a faction meeting in Jerusalem. “These include their attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah, and other things. We are tracking their actions and also their words.”

“And I have one message for Iran — don’t threaten Israel,” Netanyahu declared.

Watch Netanyahu’s remarks (in Hebrew) below:

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