Netanyahu to Putin: Iran’s Growing Military Presence in Syria Threatens Israel, Middle East and Entire World
At a sit-down in Sochi with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of a growing risk to international security posed by Iran.
“Iran is increasing its efforts to establish its military foothold in Syria,” Netanyahu said at the meeting, his sixth with the Russian leader in the past two years. “That is dangerous for Israel, the Middle East and, I believe, the whole world. Iran is already in advanced stages of taking over Iraq and Yemen, and in effect it also controls Lebanon.”
The Israeli prime minister continued, “We are all defeating ISIS in a concerted international effort, and that is welcome. What is not welcome is Iran moving in everywhere ISIS moves out. We do not forget for one minute that Iran continues to threaten Israel’s destruction every day; it is arming terrorist organizations and is itself instigating terrorism; and it is developing intercontinental missiles with the goal of arming them with nuclear warheads.”
“For all these reasons, Israel continues to oppose Iran’s entrenchment in Syria,” Netanyahu concluded. “We will defend ourselves in any way against this threat and any threat.”
Netanyahu was joined at the meeting by his new national security adviser, Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Mossad chief Yossi Cohen.
Watch a video of Netanyahu’s Sochi visit below:
נפגשתי היום ברוסיה עם הנשיא פוטין. ישראל מתנגדת להמשך התבססותה של איראן בסוריה ואנחנו נדאג להגן על עצמנו בכל אמצעי נגד האיום הזה ובכלל. pic.twitter.com/TH12DiE3qF
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) August 23, 2017