Israel determined to take further action against Iran in Syria - Israeli PM


On Friday night, Syrian state media reported that Israeli airstrikes damaged a warehouse at the Damascus airport, but didn't otherwise affect airport operations.

Netanyahu said Sunday: "The accumulated number of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to act against Iran in Syria".

Syria filed complaints with the UN Security Council over the airstrikes, the Times of Israel reported.

"In achieving these goals, the IDF - under your command - worked with exceptional cooperation with all of the security arms - the ISA, Mossad, Israel Police and other bodies".

"We have been taking action with impressive success to arrest Iran's military entrenchment in Syria", Netanyahu told his cabinet in televised remarks.

"According to our intelligence and our assessment of the situation there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels from Lebanon into Israel".

"The IDF has major achievements under your command. We yet have much work to do and we will do it", Netanyahu said.

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Despite the Lieutenant General's claim about a moral high ground in the battle against the perceived Iranian threat, the Israeli Air Force was caught in several reckless -and sometimes lethal- actions during their missions in Syria.

Coupled with the announcement that after Sunday's discovery, Israel was wrapping up its operation to destroy Hezbollah's tunnel network into Israel, the weekend strike in Syria is widely seen as Eisenkot's "parting shot" as his four-year tenure as military chief ends. He will be replaced on Tuesday by Maj.

"I will have more to say at the official farewell ceremony, but at this stage, I will limit my comments to two words: Thanks, Gadi", Netanyahu said.

Israel has pledged to prevent its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where it is backing President Bashar al-Assad's regime alongside Russian Federation and Hezbollah. In a New York Times interview published Friday, Eisenkot said that Israel "has struck thousands of targets without claiming responsibility or asking for credit" as part of his showdown with Qassim Suleimani, the commander of Iran's elite Quds Force.

Eisenkot also said Israel needed to focus on Iran as opposed to secondary enemies such as Hamas in Gaza.

In 2018 alone, Israel dropped 2,000 bombs on Iranian targets, he said.