The prime minister also said that Israel will prevent the transfer of advanced and dangerous weapons to Lebanon.
Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday morning that Israel will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and thwart all attempts to move advanced weapons into Lebanon.
“At the same time, we are countering the Iranian military buildup in Syria that targets us and we are also acting against the [attempts to] transfer dangerous weapons from Syria to Lebanon,” Netanyahu stated at the beginning of this week’s government meeting. “All of these weapons are designated for use against the State of Israel, and it’s our right, as part of the right of self-defense, to prevent their production or transfer.”
Netanyahu then commented on Washington’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran. “At the end of [last] week, I spoke with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and told him that I very much appreciate the firm position that the American government is implementing against the nuclear deal with Iran and against the Iranian aggression in our region.”
“The regime in Tehran is the main factor that disrupts the stability in the Middle East,” he added. “The fight against its aggression hasn’t ended yet—we are still in it.”
The Israeli leader also mentioned the recent incidents along Israel’s southern border with Gaza, stressing that the IDF “will not tolerate attacks from the Gaza Strip area.” Yesterday, the Israeli military defused a bomb that was planted near the Israel-Gaza border fence. “The IDF and security forces are working around the clock to protect the State of Israel, to defend Israel’s citizens and to protect Israel’s border,” he added.
Earlier this month, Netanyahu warned the leaders of Greece and Cyprus about Iran’s ongoing efforts to expand its influence in the Middle East and threaten Israel’s existence. “[Tehran] openly calls daily for our destruction, the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth, and it practices unmitigated aggression against us and against anyone else in the region,” he said while in Cyprus for a summit with the leaders. “It has a terror network that is spread throughout the world. It is now seeking to implant very dangerous weapons in Syria to be used against Israel for the specific purpose of our destruction.”