Israel fully supports US-led airstrikes on Syria: Netanyahu

Marsha Scott
April 16, 2018

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced earlier this month a new agreement with the U.N.'s refugee agency that would have16,000 African migrants resettled in Western nations and a similar number given temporary status in Israel.

The Israeli prime minister also expressed Israel's growing concerns over Iran's efforts to establish a presence in Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said Israel "fully supports" the joint airstrikes on Syria by the US, Britain and France.

"The important worldwide message that came from the attack was zero tolerance for the use of non-conventional weapons", Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting, describing his discussion with May.

Reports claim Israel was notified about the strikes ahead of time, but Netanyahu says he does not believe his country helped the U.S., France and the United Kingdom choose what areas to target.

The strikes came after the Assad regime was accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Syria's Douma, which killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

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The official said that Israel received the warning between 12 and 24 hours before the attack was carried out.

Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge". Iran has been regarded by Israel as its arch enemy in the region.

"Syria and Russia are fighting a battle not only against terrorism, but also for protecting worldwide law ... based on respect for state sovereignty and the will of their people", Assad said at a meeting with members of Russia's ruling United Russia Party.

"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

Israel similarly coordinated its alleged attack in Syria on April 9 with the United States before it was launched, but not with Russian Federation, despite the two countries having established a coordination hotline to avoid clashes over Syria.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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