Israel lauds US-led airstrikes on Syria as "appropriate" response

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a ceremony marking the annual Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, April 12, 2018.

"A year ago, I declared Israel's full support for @POTUS Trump's decision to take a stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons", he said.

Netanyahu said that it should be "clear to President Assad that his irresponsible efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and its use. and his willingness to allow Iran and its proxies to entrench themselves in Syria" put the country in danger.

Israel on Saturday lauded the joint airstrikes on Syria by the U.S., Britain and France as an "appropriate" response to the alleged gas attack in Syria.

Prior to the PM's office statement on Saturday, Netanyahu reportedly issued a gag order on Israeli officials prohibiting them from speaking publicly about the US-led Syrian strike.

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Public radio said that Israel had been informed ahead of time of the strikes that were carried out by the United States, France and Britain. A USA embassy spokesperson confirmed the Israeli official's comment to Reuters.

"Trump's resolve and Israel's support remain unchanged", Netanyahu said. The armed Iranian-backed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006.

On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to Netanyahu and urged him to do nothing to destabilise Syria, according to a Kremlin statement.

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

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