Netanyahu: Israel Will Act in Syria ‘In Accordance With Our Security Needs’

An Israeli Air Force fighter jet releases flares during an acrobatics display during a graduation ceremony in the Hatzerim air force base near the southern city of Beersheba, Israel, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
AP/Ariel Schalit

The Jerusalem Post reports: Israel will continue to carry out strikes in Syria despite a US-Russian cease-fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday after reports that the deal would allow Iranian troops to remain only 5 km. from Israel’s border.

Speaking during the weekly Likud faction meeting, Netanyahu described Israel’s security policy as “the right combination of firmness and responsibility” and said he has told Moscow and Washington that Israel will continue carrying out strikes in Syria despite the cease-fire agreement “in accordance with our understanding and in accordance with our security needs.”

Netanyahu has publicly criticized the cease-fire deal, saying that it does not include any provisions to stop Iranian expansion in the area. In recent months Jerusalem has held talks with Moscow, Washington and Amman in an attempt to ensure that the agreement would define the buffer zone some 40 km. from Israel’s borders.

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