The comment comes in the wake of an overnight attack against Syrian military facilities and the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Moscow on Wednesday, where he discussed Middle East issues with Russian President Putin.
On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel did not have any problems with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and would not intervene in the country if the existing agreements are upheld, according to Haaretz.
“I have set a clear policy that we do not intervene and we have not intervened. This has not changed. What has troubled us is ISIS* [Daesh] and Hezbollah and this has not changed. The heart of the matter is preserving our freedom of action against anyone who acts against us. Second, the removal of the Iranians from Syrian territory,” he said to reporters.
Hours before the remarks were made, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they had fired missiles into Syria’s southwestern Quneitra province in “response to an intrusion by a Syrian UAV that was intercepted earlier on Wednesday.”
At the same time, Netanyahu reportedly underlined that Moscow should encourage Iranian forces allegedly in Syria to leave the war-torn country.
On Tuesday, when asked whether the two countries would be able to establish “some kind of relationship,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated, “I reckon we are a long way from that, but we are not ruling out anything.”