Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement after a meeting of the Likud party in the Israeli town of Ramat Gan, east of the coastal city of Tel Aviv,on Feb 21, 2019. (MENAHEM KAHANA / AFP)
JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed
on Tuesday that his country will succeed in retracting Iranian forces from
Syria, speaking ahead of his departure for talks in Moscow.
We will continue to act until we get the Iranians to leave Syria
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister
made the remark in a video statement before his departure to Moscow, where he
will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.
"The focus of our talks will be the Iranian entrenchment in Syria," he said in the Hebrew statement.
He added that Israel is already to "take action against"
Iran by "attacking their bases," referring to hundreds of deadly airstrike
Israel's air force has carried out in Syria.
"We will continue to act until we get the Iranians to leave Syria because Iran is threatening to destroy Israel and we will not allow it to set up a base close to our border," he said.
The meeting is part of the continuing efforts by Israel and Russia to
coordinate their moves on the Syrian battleground.
Russian forces have been fighting alongside the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, while Israel has struck Iranian targets in Syria and arms convoys to Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militia.
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