JERUSALEM, 3 JUNE — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he will tell European leaders that Israel might launch more attacks against Iran to prevent it from establishing a presence in Syria.
Netanyahu is scheduled to depart on Monday for a four-day trip to Europe, during which he will meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, and then British Prime Minister Theresa May in London.
He told his weekly cabinet meeting that the talks will focus on Israel’s opposition to Iran’s continuing nuclear program.
“The second thing is the blocking of Iran’s plans for expansion and aggression throughout the Middle East, especially in Syria,” Netanyahu said.
“I will also insist on a basic principle: Israel retains, and will continue to retain freedom of action against the establishment of an Iranian military presence anywhere in Syria,” he added.
Netanyahu recently discussed these issues with Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“These talks are very important for the security of Israel,” he noted.
Israel has reportedly carried out a series of deadly airstrikes in Syria, targeting mainly the positions of Iran and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militia fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. – XINHUA