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Netanyahu calls for action against Syria

13 April 2018

The statement by Netanyahu comes just days after Israel purportedly carried out an airstrike against a Syrian military base where Iran is also operating.

The readout from Netanyahu's office of the same phone call said Israel would not tolerate a long-term Iranian presence in Syria.

US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House
US President Donald Trump attends a meeting with senior military leaders at the White House

President Putin and Netanyahu discussed Israeli airstrikes on a Syrian airbase over the phone, the Kremlin said Wednesday.

The Israeli strikes reportedly targeted an "advanced system" that could undermine Israel's air superiority in Lebanese and Syrian airspace, according to Hadashot TV. The brutal tactics pursued mainly by the regime, which have included the use of chemical weapons, sieges, mass executions and torture against civilians have led to war crimes investigations.

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"What undermines stability in Syria is Iranian aggression and its attempt to establish itself militarily in Syria in order to threaten Israel and other countries", the official said.

In a telephone call, Putin urged Netanyahu "to abstain from any action that could further destabilise the situation in the country, which would represent a threat to its security", the Kremlin said in a statement. Tel Aviv views Hizballah, an Iranian-backed regime ally, as its biggest threat and has grown alarmed over Tehran's growing clout in Syria.

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"Do not test the determination of the State of Israel", Netanyahu warned Iran on Wednesday, speaking to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah. Israel maintains a policy of not commenting directly on attacks outside its borders.

Netanyahu and President Donald Trump reportedly also had a tense exchange last week regarding Syria after Trump pledged to wind down US involvement in the country.

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Netanyahu calls for action against Syria