Israeli PM: We will continue military operation in Syria
Jerusalem: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he has informed the United States and Russia that Israel would continue to carry out military operations in Syria. Speaking during a weekly meeting of his right-wing Likud party in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said that Israel is “controlling our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so.”
“I have made it clear to our friends, firstly in Washington and then also in Moscow, that Israel will take actions in Syria, including in southern Syria, according to our understanding and our security needs,” he said.
His words come two days after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which they agreed to expand the July 7 ceasefire in the south-western triangle bordering Israel and Jordan. Mr Netanyahu has been urging Mr Putin and Mr Trump not to allow Iran and its proxy Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militia, to establish permanent bases in Syria.
Israel and Syria share a disputed border in the Golan Heights, a territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1976 Middle East War and annexed it later.