Israeli minister: ‘If Assad wants to survive, he needs to keep Iran out of Syria’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 12, 2017

Israel will not allow Iran to establish weapons factories and ports in Syria, an Israeli official said on Sept. 11.

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. / Getty Images

Syrian President Bashar Assad must “keep Iran out if he wants to survive,” Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said.

“Israel needs to pressure world powers to not allow [Iran to establish a strong presence in Syria],” and should world powers not comply, the Jewish state should “do what we need to do.”

Speaking about the possibility of a growing Iranian presence in Syria, Shaked said that “Iran’s [presence] in Syria can be very bad and Israel will not agree to them” establishing weapons factories and ports.

She also expressed her hope that “world powers won’t allow it.”

The justice minister went on to warn of an attempt by different terror groups in the area, backed by Iran, to build a “Shi’ite bridge from Iran [all the way across the] Syrian border with Israel.”

Regarding the situation on the northern border, where the Israeli military is holding a large drill to prepare for a possible future altercation with Hizbullah, Shaked said that Israel has to “make sure Hizbullah doesn’t get “game-changing weapons” and also warned that “Hizbullah’s weapons [arsenal] is growing.”


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