Netanyahu Admits to Conducting Airstrikes in Syria

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

"The accumulation of recent attacks shows that we're more determined than ever to act against Iran in Syria, just as we promised". It has said, however, that they were not yet operational.

In February previous year, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet carrying out a raid over Damascus.

"We have operated with impressive success in thwarting Iran from establishing a military foothold in Syria, in the framework of which the military has struck hundreds of times against Iranian and Hezbollah targets", Netanyahu said.

He gave a series on interviews over the weekend summarizing his term and focusing on shifting the Israeli military's attention toward Iran directly instead of just engaging its lesser proxies, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Conricus said the latest tunnel originated from the Lebanese border town of Ramyeh. "According to our intelligence, there are no longer any cross-border attack tunnels into Israel".

Hezbollah has not commented on the tunnels, the existence of several of which was confirmed by United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon.

The latest tunnel was the sixth revealed to the public and the army said its discovery marked the end of the operation dubbed by the army "Northern Shield".

Netanyahu, visiting the northern border later on Sunday, put the number at "between 1,000 and 2,000" Hezbollah fighters.

Commenting on his own effort to unseat Netanyahu in the elections, Barak, who is now not running for the Knesset - but has hinted he is interested - said he is working to persuade center-left parties to form a joint slate.

The US Embassy also said in its statement that Hale "will meet with senior Lebanese officials to discuss the full range of bilateral and regional issues".

The tunnels are being destroyed either with explosives or by filling them with a cement-like material to make them unusable. He added that Hezbollah retained underground facilities on the Lebanese side.

The Army reiterated that it held Lebanon responsible for all activities that took place in its territory and thanked the residents of Israel's north for helping it achieve the operation's goals.

Israel alleges Hezbollah had planned to use the tunnels to kidnap or kill its civilians or soldiers, and to seize a slice of Israeli territory in the event of any hostilities. But with that war winding down, Israeli security officials fear Hezbollah is refocusing its attention on Israel.

The highly publicised Israeli operation to expose and destroy the tunnels has gone ahead without drawing a military response from Hezbollah.

The outgoing IDF chief of staff has acknowledged that Israel has been bombing Syria on a "near-daily" basis for years, in a massive military campaign allegedly aimed at degrading Tehran's supposed military buildup in the region.

Israeli analysts see the operation as one of Eisenkot's important achievements.

Other reports by iNewsToday