Israel operations will continue in Syria as needed, PM says

Image of Ayman Odeh leader of the Joint Arab List

Ayman Odeh leader of the Joint List

"I just saw the pictures of destruction in Iran and Iraq following this week's natural disaster. And I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble", Netanyahu said. "We stand shoulder to shoulder with countries of the moderate camp in the Arab world, in the face of radical Islam, no matter where it comes from, be it Iran, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) group or elsewhere", he said, without naming the countries.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said in a statement, "We hold the Syrian regime responsible for any firing or breach of sovereignty and call on it to hold back all players active in its territory". "But our humanity is greater than their hatred". "And all of you can be proud of Israel's morals, and Israel's might". An Israeli official, briefed on the situation, said the move is aimed at keeping rival factions away from each other, but would also keep Iranian-linked forces away from the Israeli side of the disputed Golan Heights.

The official map included in a preliminary agreement that seeks to establish buffer zones in southwest Syria indicates that Iran-backed forces could deploy within several miles (kilometers) of the Israeli frontier - setting the stage for potential conflict between the bitter enemies.

This isn't the first time Iran showed a disregard for its citizens in order to snub Israel.

The narrative of Iran even wanting a "permanent" presence in Syria seems to be more or less wholly an Israeli creation, based on reports of building at a Syrian military facility somehow being extrapolated to it being an "Iranian base". "This would give Iran the ability to project power from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea", they added.

Netanyahu's offer was praised by Yair Lapid, leader of the opposition Yesh Atid party.

An Israeli offer to send aid following a deadly quake, which is estimated to have killed more than 500 people, on the Iran-Iraq border has been rejected by Iran, The Times of Israel reported Tuesday.

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