At the start of a government meeting on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel has made it clear that its policy hasn’t changed. “We will continue to foil any attempt to harm us,” Netanyahu said.
Watch: Netanyahu’s statement at a government meeting
A day after the most severe confrontation along Israel’s northern border in recent years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel has “hit hard on Iranian and Syrian forces.”
At the start of a government meeting on Sunday morning, Netanyahu praised the Israeli pilot and navigator who were injured after abandoning the F-16 fighter jet that crashed in northern Israel. “They are protecting the State of Israel and we are proud of them,” he said.
Netanyahu with IDF Chief Gadi Eizenkot and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Photo credit: Ariel Hermoni, Israeli Defense Ministry
Netanyahu added that the Israeli strike on 12 Syrian targets, which came in response to the infiltration of an Iranian drone, made it clear that Israel is prepared to respond to any attack. “We will continue to foil any attempt to harm us,” he said. “That has been our policy and it will remain so.”
A Syrian human rights group reported on Sunday that at least six people, including foreign citizens and Syrian soldiers, were killed in the IAF air strike, and that several others were injured near Palmyra.