On May 11, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called on Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad to remove Iranian forces from Syria argoung that these forces will only complicate the situation in the war-torn country. Lieberman also hinted that the situation in Syria will improve if these Iranian forces withdraw.
“They are not helping you, they only cause damage, and their presence will only cause problems and damages … Get rid of the Iranians and maybe it will be possible to have a different kind of life,” Liberman said during a visit to the Golan Heights, according to the British media outlet Telegraph.
The Israeli Air Force attacked more than 70 targets inside Syria on May 10 as a response to rocket attack supposedly carried out by the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Israeli targets in the Golan Heights. Back then, the Syrian state media said that several Israeli missiles had been shot down and only a few positions and equipment of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) had been hit.
Addressing the incident, Liberman said that the tensions have not ended yet and stressed that the Israeli Army is committed to response to any further attacks from Syria’s territory.
“This is a permanent policy: if someone is going to carry out an attack against the State of Israel, to launch missiles against the State of Israel, we will always try to strike it first,” Lieberman stated, according to the Russian news outlet Sputnik.
The Israeli pressure on the Iranian forces in Syria will continue, according to local observers, who also believe that Iran will withdraw from the country at the official request of the Damascus government only.