Israel warns Assad against allowing Iran to establish itself in Syria

Israel recently sent a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad amid the reports about Iran being allowed to establish a military presence in Syria. In the message, Israel clarified that by allowing Iran to establish a stronghold in Syria, Assad would be putting himself at risk.
Assad and Netanyahu Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A few days after the summit in Sochi regarding Syria’s future, Israel sent a warning to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regarding his relationship with Tehran. In the warning, Jerusalem cautioned Assad that allowing Iranian forces to establish a stronghold in Syria would be a dangerous move.

Channel 2 News’ Ehud Yaari reported that the message was delivered by a third party on behalf of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The warning stated that Israel would change its policy of not intervening in the internal crisis in Syria if need be.

At last week’s Sochi summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed Syria’s future. Rouhani explained that foreign forces that were officially invited to the country by Assad need to remain in Syria. Iran is not just interested in strengthening the Hezbollah and Shi’ite forces in the region but also in building weapons factories. In addition, Tehran would like to establish naval and air force bases in the Arab country.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu spoke with Putin over the phone about the situation in Syria and Israel’s concerns. During the conversation, Netanyahu reiterated his firm opposition to Iran’s attempts to establish its presence in Syria. The Russian news agency RT reported that the call was initiated by Netanyahu.

Meanwhile, Hossein Salami, deputy head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, sent a fierce warning to the European Union member states on Saturday. “If we feel that Europe is a threat, we will increase the range of our ballistic missiles,” Salami said, according to the Fars news agency.



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