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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Voices Support for Military Strikes in Syria

"Israel gave full support to President [Donald] Trump's decision to stand against the use and spread of chemical weapons one year ago", he said, adding: "There is no change in Trump's determination and Israel's support in that issue".

The prime minister also praised the strike's strategic goals, saying, "Early this morning, under American leadership, the United States, France and the United Kingdom demonstrated that their commitment is not limited to proclamations of principle". "Israel welcomes the participation of British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron in this action", Netanyahu said at the beginning of his weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday.

Netanyahu had previously pledged not to allow Iran to entrench itself militarily next door, and warned once again over its presence in Syria.

Netanyahu said he told May that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "must understand that when he allows Iran and its proxies to establish a military presence in his country, he endangers Syria as well as the stability of the region".

Israel's military asserts an unmanned Iranian aircraft shot down in February following infiltrating its air-space was armed with explosives and onto a mission to assault Israel.

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The US, France and Britain launched airstrikes against Syria's capital Damascus before daybreak on Saturday, with loud explosions heard and red dots seen flying into the sky.

The United States had Israel's full support as it led the attack on Syria's chemical weapons facilities together with its allies, France and Britain.

Two Israeli officials said on Sunday that they would continue to act to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria.

Israel similarly coordinated its alleged attack in Syria on April 9 with the United States before it was launched, but not with Russian Federation, despite the two countries having established a coordination hotline to avoid clashes over Syria.

"For Israel, the attack is important as a message that Iran, Syria are not immune from USA involvement in the Middle East", Zehavi said.