US 'Acted Appropriately' with Syria Strikes

Frederick Owens
April 16, 2018

"President Trump's resolve and Israel's support remain unchanged".

Israel regularly targets military sites inside Syria, saying it will prevent Iran and the Iran-allied Hezbollah group from using Syria as a base to threaten the Jewish state.

Netanyahu said that it should be "clear to Syrian President Bashar-al Assad that his irresponsible efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and its use... and his willingness to allow Iran and its proxies to entrench themselves in Syria" put the country in danger.

The directive was issued after several government officials lauded the allies' actions, including Housing Minister Yoav Galant, who called the strike "an important signal to the axis of evil - Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah", reported Channel 10.

Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, according to his office.

In outcome, the ultimate implications of the coalition attack largely depend on whether it is a one-off response or the beginning of a massive campaign against the Syrian government.

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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"If the attacks continue and will be in a larger scale, chances for retaliation against Israel grow", Zehavi told Xinhua.

The Syrian army said its air defenses shot down most of the 110 missiles fired in the attack.

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.

However, the long-term effect of the global involvement in the Syrian war may not necessarily be negative for Israel.

Israel on Saturday lauded the joint airstrikes on Syria by the U.S., Britain and France as an "appropriate" response to the alleged gas attack in Syria.

"If it will be followed by a consistent policy, it may mean that the back in town, which is good news for Israel", she added.

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