Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Israeli diplomatic official: Iran's the one destabilizing Syria

Israeli diplomatic official: Iran's the one destabilizing Syria

Tel Aviv views Hizballah, an Iranian-backed regime ally, as its biggest threat and has grown alarmed over Tehran's growing clout in Syria. "These are not just words", Netanyahu said in his speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial marking Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

"Upon an initiative of the Israeli side, a telephone conversation took place between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu", Sputnik, a Russian government-owned news agency, reported Wednesday, quoting the Kremlin.

"Our policy can be summed up in three words: 'Steadfastness against aggression.' Steadfastness on defense, steadfastness on deterrence, steadfastness against anyone who threatens to destroy us", added Netanyahu.

On Tuesday, Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, said the "crimes will not remain unanswered", referring to the air strikes before dawn on Monday that left seven Iranians dead.

Netanyahu, for his part, said then that Israel would continue to counter Iran's efforts to build up its military presence in the war-torn country.

"The situation in the world is becoming more chaotic, nevertheless we still hope that common sense will eventually prevail and that worldwide relations will take a constructive course, and that the entire world system will become more stable and predictable", Putin said at a ceremony of presenting credentials from foreign ambassadors. "Today, we have a strong country, a strong army, and our voice is heard among the nations".

During Wednesday's call, Putin told Netanyahu that it was important to respect Syria's sovereignty, according to a statement released by the Kremlin.

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