Israel will not allow Iran to deploy “very advanced” missiles in Syria or to establish itself as a military force in the war-torn country, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on March 28.
“Iran is constantly trying to place in Syria precision long-range missile [sic] that are very advanced and highly lethal missiles. We are not prepared to accept this. Our activity against Iran’s attempt to establish military bases in Syria and to place advanced weapons there, continues all the time” Netanyahu said, according to Sputnik.
The Israeli PM refused to confirm Israel’s responsibility for an aerial attack that targeted several military positions northeast of the Syrian city of Aleppo in the late hours of March 27.
According to an official statement by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), the attack was carried out by the Israeli Air Force (IAF). Israeli media confirmed these claims and said that the attack targeted alleged positions of Iranian forces.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu succeeded in extracting a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights from the U.S. However, he is apparently planning to further escalate the situation in Syria, likely to overcome the internal pressure he is facing.