Pence Thanks Netanyahu for Support of Syria Strike

The Times of Israel reports: The administration of US President Donald Trump thanked Israel on Friday for its support for Washington’s overnight strike on a Syrian airbase in response to a chemical attack on Syrian civilians earlier this week attributed to Syrian military forces.

The Prime Minister’s Office said US Vice President Mike Pence called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and “thanked him – on behalf of US President Donald Trump – for Israel’s strong support for the American action in Syria.”

Pence also updated Netanyahu “on the details of the action and its results,” the statement said, adding that the prime minister “reiterated the need to prevent the spread and use of chemical weapons.” The vice president and the prime minister also “emphasized the strength of the alliance between Israel and the US.”

Israel was one of the first states to welcome the US’s strike overnight Thursday-Friday which saw at least 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles launched from two American naval destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean strike the Shayrat Airfield north of Damascus.

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