Netanyahu, UN Secretary General discuss Iranian threat in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the Munich Security Conference, discussing the Iranian threat and more specifically, the Iranian presence and influence in Syria.
Netanyahu at the Munich Security Conference Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90

On Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with UN Secretary General Guterres at the Munich Security Conference. Netanyahu told Guterres that Israel will not let Iran establish itself in Syria.

During his meeting with Guterres, Netanyahu brought up the incident from last week in which an Iranian drone was shot down by Israel after it infiltrated Israeli airspace. Israel retaliated by striking 12 targets in Syria, some of which were Iranian.

Netanyahu declared, “The Golan Heights will remain in the hands of Israel forever,” referring to Damascus striving to regain control over the territory. He further stated that Israel will continue to defend its sovereignty against any threats.

Netanyahu additionally thanked the Secretary General for opening a dialogue regarding captured IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians held by Hamas in Gaza. Netanyahu encouraged Guterres to continue with this matter as urgent. This meeting is one of several meetings that Netanyahu will participate in during the conference.

Israel has long expressed its concern regarding the Iranian presence in Syria. As previously reported by JOL, Netanyahu plans to reveal at the conference evidence of the Iranian presence in Syria after the abovementioned attack from last week.

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