Israel is ready to do everything to prevent a Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Damascus, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman claimed in an interview with Radio FM 100 on Thursday, just hours after the Israeli Air Force conducted a missile strike on a Syrian military facility near the town of Masyaf in western Syria.
“We are not looking for any military adventure in Syria but we are determined to prevent our enemies from harming, or even creating the opportunity to harm the security of Israeli citizens,” Liberman said. “Therefore, everything will be done to prevent the existence of a Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Damascus.“
Israel is deeply concerned over the growing Iranian influence in Syria and a success of the ongoing anti-ISIS operation of the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance in central Syria.
Tel Aviv has repeatedly tried to oppose the US-Russian ceasefire deal in Syria and other Russia-led diplomatic efforts that allowed the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) to focus on fighting ISIS in Syria. Howevever, the Israeli side has not achieved a success in this.
In August, Israel Air Force Head Maj.-Gen. Amir Eshel said that Israel carried out at least 100 strikes in the past five years against the transfer of advanced weaponry from the Syrian government to Hezbollah and other groups on several Israeli fronts.
Experts believe that Israel could intensify its activity against Hezbolalh and other Shi’ite militias in Syria as ISIS collapses in the war-torn country.
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