Israel will continue to act to thwart the transfer of advanced Iranian weaponry to Hezbollah, the IDF chief of staff said on Monday during a visit to his country’s border with Syria.
Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot — who was accompanied on the Golan Heights tour by GOC Northern Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick — also praised Israeli troops for their efforts to prevent the establishment of a permanent Iranian military presence across the border in southern Syria.
“The fact that their abilities are far from what Iran and terror groups desired is the result of high-quality, ongoing operational activity,” said Eizenkot, whose four-year term as chief of staff will come to a close at the end of December.
In recent years, the IDF is believed to have conducted hundreds of strikes in Syria on targets tied to Iran and its Lebanon-based, Shi’a proxy Hezbollah — both of which, along with Russia, have deployed forces in Israel’s northeastern neighbor to bolster the Assad regime.
Amid the ongoing international efforts to reach a diplomatic resolution to the seven-year-old civil war in Syria, Israel’s priority has remained the removal of Iran-linked entities from the country.
The Algemeiner (c) 2018 . Barney Breen-Portnoy