After the Syrian Army accused Israel of carrying out an airstrike near Hama, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman clarified that Israel will not tolerate any attempt to harm its security. “We will do everything in order to prevent the existence of a Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Damascus,” he added.

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Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman commented Thursday on the reports of an alleged IDF attack in Syria. “Every day, there are explosions and people being killed in Syria and it is a matter concerning only the Syrians,” he said. “We need to ensure our security and that is exactly what we are doing.”

During an interview with an Israeli radio program, Lieberman said that Israel is not interested in a military operation in Syria. “We aren’t searching for a military adventure but we are determined to prevent our enemies from harming, or even creating the opportunity to harm, the safety of Israel’s citizens,” he said. “Thus, we will do everything in order to prevent the existence of a Shi’ite corridor from Tehran to Damascus.”

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A few hours after the attack, the Syrian Army warned that there will be “dangerous repercussions,” calling the airstrike an aggressive move that threatens the “security and stability in the region.” The army has accused Israeli aircraft of carrying out the attack, which claimed the lives of two people and resulted in severe damage. 

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If the reports about Israel being responsible for the attack are accurate, the overnight airstrike would represent a change in Israel’s defense strategy because Hama is located in the northwestern part of Syria. In the past, all attacks carried out by the Israeli Air Force in Syria were against targets located in a more southern part of the country.

Earlier today, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin. During the meeting, Rivlin thanked Merkel on behalf of Israel for Germany’s support and cooperation. Rivlin then mentioned the various threats that Israel is facing, claiming that the Iranian presence is threatening the stability in the Middle East and that it is likely “to drag the region into a war.”

Rivlin also told Merkel that the Iranian presence in the region is a “direct threat to the State of Israel.” The Israeli president also briefed the chancellor on what the dangerous consequences will be if the Iranian-backed Hezbollah activities in Lebanon and Syria continue. Rivlin said that Hezbollah is endangering the Lebanese citizens and thus violating UNSC resolutions, adding that the terrorist organization’s efforts to obtain advanced weapons will be met with an Israeli response.