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Netanyahu: 'Israel Struck Iranian Targets in Syria'

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14 Jan 2019 (All day)
Netanyahu: 'Israel Struck Iranian Targets in Syria'
On a visit to Israel’s northern border Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that reports of an Israeli strike on Iranian targets in Syria Saturday evening were accurate. "Israel attacked an Iranian armory at the Damascus International Airport, that reflects our determination to stop Iran's military buildup in Syria, and we will strike harder in Syria if needed," he said. "The IDF also uncovered a sixth Hezbollah terror tunnel, which has so far been the biggest. This brings Operation Northern Shield to its successful end, we will continue to monitor Hezbollah's and Iran's activity."

"Everyone understands how this war would have looked like if Hezbollah fighters managed to infiltrate into the Galilee regions while facing Iranian forces in the Golan Heights," he continued. "We prevented this. And we will continue to prevent it. I think everyone understands that a serious threat has been removed. Hezbollah's operational plan was to use the tunnel weapons, to infiltrate between 1,000 and 2,000 terrorists into the Galilee, and occupy land."

Elsewhere, outgoing IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot was quoted in the New York Times on Sunday as saying that Israel has “dropped over 2,000 bombs” on Iranian targets in Syria over recent years in an ongoing effort to prevent the Islamic Republic from building up a force which could present Israel with an existential threat on its northern border.

“Operation Northern Shield deprived Hezbollah of the unique offensive abilities it had built for years as part of its planned attack on Israeli territory,” the IDF said in a statement, adding that “the operation reflected advanced operational and intelligence technological capabilities and multi-stage detection of underground areas that have developed even more over the past few weeks…troops and the tunnel-finding laboratory will continue serving permanently along the Lebanese border. The IDF is determined to protect the citizens of Israel and will continue to operate in the area and to monitor possible underground activity.”