Israel will defend itself against any attack & Iranian foothold in Syria – Netanyahu

Saturday, February 10, 2018
By Paul Martin
10 Feb, 2018

Israel says it does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against any attacks or attempts by Tehran to get a foothold in Syria. It comes as Israel claims to have downed an Iranian drone over its territory.

“Our policy is clear: Israel will defend itself against any aggression and any attempt to violate its sovereignty,” Netanyahu said, as cited by Israeli media. He also accused Iran of undertaking such an attempt on Saturday, referring to an incident involving an Iranian drone intercepted by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) earlier that day.

The prime minister said he had spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson following the escalation of tensions.

In the early hours of Saturday the IDF said they had intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which crossed from Syrian territory into Israel. In response, Israel launched an attack on Iranian positions in Syria, scrambling its fighter jets. The operation prompted massive anti-aircraft fire by Syrian forces.


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