On Visit to Golan, IDF Chief Praises Efforts to Keep Iran From Establishing Syria Foothold


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



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