“We act when we need to act, including here across the border, with dozens of strikes meant to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining game-changing weaponry,” Netanyahu said while on a visit to Israeli troops on Golan Heights. The Israeli Prime Minister was referring to the dozens of strikes Israel has carried out on Syria.
This is the first time Israel’s premier had disclosed such information regarding strikes conducted in Syria after numerous foreign media report had indicated so - stopping short when confirming specific air operations.
Israel officially adopted a neutral identity in the Syrian civil war; however, it has also pledged to prevent shipments of advanced weaponry to Iranian backed Hezbollah. In regards to what strategy of prevention is being implemented or its timeframe, Netanyahu remains unforthcoming.
Israel welcomed the cessation of hostilities in Syria in February, however, their stance remains the same: if they see Hezbollah as a threat they will attack.
The last war fought between Tel Aviv and Hezbollah was in 2006. The conflict involved airstrikes inside Israel, and Israeli ground and air offensives. The war consumed the lives of 1200 Lebanese, mostly civilians. Since then officials claim that Hezbollah has upgraded and enhanced the range of rocket arsenal - capable of striking inside Israel.
“Game changing weaponry” is not the only contributing factor to this highly volatile situation. In recent months Hassan Nasrallah, leader of Hezbollah, has threatened to hit Israeli chemical and nuclear sites.
Israel is currently seeking reassurance from Russia; Russia formerly supported Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. This action is taken to deter Iran or Hezbollah from being bolstered by Moscow’s partial military withdrawal last month.
Netanyahu stated that there is an ostensible probability Israel will be joining in the war, adding that it is requisite since no one else will fight for them.
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