Israel will not allow permanent military presence of Iran in Syria: Netanyahu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani inspects the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony upon his arrival at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
The Israeli authorities will not allow a permanent military presence of Iran in Syria and will not allow Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons. This statement was published on Saturday on its Facebook page by the Prime Minister of the Jewish state, Benjamin Netanyahu.

“We will not allow the [Iranian] regime, which is striving to destroy the Jewish state, to acquire nuclear weapons, we will not allow a permanent military presence of this regime in Syria, where they are trying to settle with an open intention to destroy our state,” the Israeli government head said.

According to the newspaper Yediot Aharonot, Netanyahu recorded this statement on Thursday as an appeal to participants in a forum in early December in Washington with the participation of American and Israeli politicians, organized by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy.

Earlier on Saturday, Arab media reported that the Jewish state had inflicted a missile strike on a military facility in the El-Kiswa area on the southwestern outskirts of Damascus.

According to the satellite television station Al Arabiya, one of the rockets hit the military position and inflicted material damage.

The press service of the IDF on Saturday refused to comment on these allegations.