Netanyahu: IDF will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran’s attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria; Zarif: Iran threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger.
Prime Minister Netanyahu warned Iran that the IDF would continue its “strong and determined action” against its entrenchment in Syria on Wednesday.
Speaking at a renaming ceremony at the Shimon Peres Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, Netanyahu addressed Iran’s efforts in Iran as well as Israel’s growing relations with the Arab world.
On Shimon Peres and Israel’s strength in arms, he stated “Shimon aspired toward peace but he knew that true peace can be achieved only if our hands strongly grasp defensive weaponry. In the Middle East, and in many parts of the world, there is a simple truth: There is no place for the weak. The weak crumble, are slaughtered and are erased from history while the strong, for good or for ill, survive. The strong are respected, and alliances are made with the strong, and in the end peace is made with the strong.”
He then spoke of Israel’s warming relations with Arab states, stating on new and developing alliances “This process of normalization by leading countries in the Arab world with the strong State of Israel is happening before our eyes on a scale that would have been impossible to imagine a few years ago. This process bears hope within it that, in the end, the cycle of peace will be completed. But it is impossible to deny the fact that there are yet many enemies in this region and beyond.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu than spoke of Israel’s enemies, mainly Iran, who are aware of Israel’s “persistent, clear and determined policy” of “Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them.” Specifically on Iran in Syria, he stated “We are working to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria. We will not relent in pursuit of this goal just as we did not relent in bringing about the cancellation of the bad nuclear agreement with Iran, a goal which was seen as impossible when I put it on the international agenda for the first time several years ago.”
He added “Diplomatically, we will continue to apply pressure on the dangerous, extremist regime in Iran. Just yesterday we saw the fruit of this pressure in remarks by the Iranian President who said that many among the Iranian people have lost hope in the future and strength of Iran due to the resumption of economic sanctions.”
He then spoke of the IDF, warning Iran of Israel’s might stating “the IDF will continue to take strong and determined action against Iran’s attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria. No agreement between Syria and Iran will deter us; neither will any threat deter us… Whoever threatens us with destruction puts himself in similar danger, and in any case will not achieve his goal.”
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, condemned Netanyahu’s claims that Iran has nuclear weapons, taking to Twitter on Thursday. He wrote “Iran, a country without nuclear weapons, is threatened with atomic annihilation by a warmonger standing next to an actual nuclear weapons factory. Beyond shameless in the gall.”
Amir spoke about developments in Iran and Syria in his last Middle East Current Events Update.
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