Netanyahu: International consensus on need for Iranian withdrawal from Syria reachedAccording to Israel’s prime minister, the agreement was reached when he visited three European countries last week.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that an international consensus against Iran’s military buildup in Syria was achieved last week when he visited Berlin, London and Paris. “During last week, I visited Europe and spoke with three main leaders. I focused on the Iranian aggression in our region and, first and foremost, the Iranian entrenchment in Syria,” he said at the opening of this week’s government meeting.
Nevertheless, Netanyahu noted that “Iran’s actual removal from Syria is going to be a process.” He added that he informed the leaders of Germany, the UK and France that Israel will thwart every Iranian attempt to establish itself in Syria and attack Israel from the war-torn country’s territory.
Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told Army Radio on Sunday that Iran’s regime is “living on borrowed time” given the American sanctions.
Earlier today, the IDF launched a surprise drill in the Golan Heights. The military spokesperson said that the wide-ranging exercise was planned in advance as part of the IDF’s training schedule but confirmed that the reservists who were called up for the drill were not made aware of it prior to today. The spokesperson added that the drill was designed to “maintain the readiness and preparedness of the forces.”
On Thursday of last week, the Israeli Air Force completed a week-long exercise simulating a two-front battle along Israel’s southern and northern borders. Hundreds of fighter jets, helicopters and transport aircraft participated in the large-scale drill.
The IAF exercise was carried out as Israeli forces were preparing for intense clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border ahead of the last Friday of Ramadan, which coincided with the week of Naksa Day. However, according to IDF reports, Hamas was disappointed with the low turnout for Friday’s protests. Estimates put the number of participants at around 15,000.
The Hamas-run Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza claimed that four were killed by IDF fire and about 500 were injured. The protesters threw stones at IDF soldiers, who responded by using riot control measures to disperse the crowds. In extreme cases of immediate danger, Israeli snipers who were stationed in the area responded to eliminate the threats. One IDF soldier was slightly injured due to smoke inhalation after a flaming kite sparked a fire in a field across from southern Gaza.
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