Netanyahu: Israel Will Prevent Iran From Arming Militias in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) listens to his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev as they deliver joint statements following their meeting in Jerusalem, on November 10, 2016. / AFP / POOL / HEIDI LEVINE (Photo credit should read HEIDI LEVINE/AFP/Getty Images)

The Times of Israel reports: Israel will prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria, and will continue to intervene to stop Iran arming Hezbollah and other Shiite militias there, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, on Thursday in Jerusalem.

Moscow is a staunch supporter of Basher Assad’s regime and has also maintained close ties with Iran. But in recent months the government of President Vladimir Putin has increased military cooperation with Jerusalem to prevent the Russian and Israeli militaries from clashing over Syrian skies.

“Israel, Russia, the United States and many other countries share the objective of defeating the Islamic State,” Netanyahu said standing next to Medvedev in the Prime Minister’s Office.

“At the same time, we are also concerned by the second actor promoting radical Islam — Iran — which champions the destruction of Israel and also supports 360-degree terror on five continents.”

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