Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “our red lines are as sharp as ever” regarding the nation’s effort at preventing “our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry,” just hours after an airstrike on the Damascus airport reportedly destroyed a shipment of arms from Iran, The Times of Israel reported Sunday.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Saturday airstrike destroyed a warehouse and an arms shipment meant for Hezbollah that had arrived at Damascus International Airport, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
“Israel is constantly working to prevent our enemies from arming themselves with advanced weaponry,” Netanyahu said at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday. “Our red lines are as sharp as ever and our determination to enforce them is stronger than ever.”
Though Netanyahu did not specifically mention Syria, he compared Israel’s current situation to the nation’s state of preparedness on the eve of the Yom Kippur war in 1973, when Israel fell victim to surprise attacks by Egypt and Syria. Israel, Netanyahu said, “must do everything to prevent war.”
Israel’s leadership has consistently said that it had “red lines” in Syria, including that it will not allow Hezbollah to obtain game-changing weapons, and that it will not allow Iran to establish permanent bases there.
Earlier this month, the IDF said that it had struck over 200 Iranian military sites in Syria over the past year and a half.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 140 Iranian military personnel and members of allied militias had been killed by airstrikes attributed to Israel during the last five months. The majority of those killed, 113, were killed in airstrikes during the last two months alone.
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