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Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Netanyahu: 'Full Support' for US Syria Strikes

Netanyahu: 'Full Support' for US Syria Strikes

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coupled praise for USA -led strikes on Syrian targets on Saturday with a warning that Iran's presence there further endangers Syria.

In a written statement, Netanyahu said the decision taken by the USA and backed by the United Kingdom and France shows that the commitment of these countries to combat chemical weapons is not limited to the declaration.

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

U.S., British and French forces hit Syria with air strikes overnight in response to an alleged poison gas attack that killed dozens of people last week.

"The most destabilizing factor in the Middle East is Iran, and President Assad must understand that when he allows a military Iranian foothold in Syria, he is endangering Syria and the stability of the region as a whole", Netanyahu warned.

The United States had Israel's full support as it led the attack on Syria's chemical weapons facilities together with its allies, France and Britain.

Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge".

Israel's military asserts an unmanned Iranian aircraft shot down in February following infiltrating its air-space was armed with explosives and onto a mission to assault Israel.

Netanyahu called on Western powers to take the same approach towards preventing "terrorist states" from acquiring nuclear weapons, a thinly veiled reference to its rival enemy Iran.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation have said Israel was behind a recent air strike on a Syrian air base that left seven Iranians dead. The coalition strikes reportedly caused heavy damage to Syria's chemical weapons infrastructure.

Iran warned of "regional consequences" on Saturday following a wave of punitive strikes in Syria by the United States, Britain and France.

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