PM addresses tensions in north, says Israel will continue to defend itself against Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated on Saturday evening that Israel has 'the right and the obligation' to retaliate against any attempt to violate its sovereignty. He added that he has voiced this position in conversations with Putin and Tillerson.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday evening addressed the confrontations along Israel's northern border, saying Israel will continue to defend itself against any attempt to violate its sovereignty.

"Iran made such an attempt today. It violated our sovereignty," Netanyahu said in a video statement. "It penetrated its aircraft into Israel's territory through Syria." Netanyahu added that Israel has "the right and the obligation" to defend itself. "We will continue to exercise them whenever necessary. Let no one think otherwise."

"I spoke a short time ago with Russia's President Vladimir Putin," Netanyahu added. "I reiterated Israel's right and obligation to defend itself against attacks coming from Syria. We agreed that the coordination between our militaries will continue."

"I also spoke with the American Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about today's developments and others," said Netanyahu. "I want to make it clear: Israel seeks peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves with determination against any attack and any attempt by Iran to entrench itself militarily in Syria or anywhere else."



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