Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that his three-hour meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was mainly about Iran’s presence in Syria. He said that he warned Putin about Iran trying to “Lebanonize” Syria.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke for three hours on Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netanyahu said that he told Putin that Iran is trying to “Lebanonize” Syria. “We won’t allow them to open another front for terror,” Netanyahu added.

Netanyahu said that most of his discussion with Putin revolved around Iran’s presence in Syria and Tehran’s attempt to gain influence in the region. The Israeli prime minister claimed that Iran will take advantage of the situation by sending tens of thousands of soldiers and members of Shi’ite militias to Syria. He also said that Tehran will build military bases in Syria in order to attack Israel.

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Netanyahu told Putin that Israel will continue to operate when needed, especially against the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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During a joint press conference earlier today, Netanyahu warned that Iran’s expanding role in Syria poses a threat not only to Israel and the Middle East but to the entire world: “Iran is already well on its way to controlling Iraq, Yemen and to a large extent, Lebanon.”

Netanyahu added that the defeat of ISIS is a welcomed achievement but warned that Iran would essentially be filling the vacuum created by the withdrawal of the murderous terrorist group. “We cannot forget for a single minute that Iran threatens every day to annihilate Israel,” Netanyahu added. “It arms terrorist organizations, it sponsors and initiates terror.”