Israel lauds US-led airstrikes on Syria as "appropriate" response

Randolph Lopez
April 16, 2018

"The use of chemical weapons crosses a red line that humanity can no longer tolerate", Yoav Gallant, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet, wrote on Twitter. The Douma attack killed over 40 people, with hundreds wounded by exposure to chemical agents.

In a written statement, Netanyahu said the decision taken by the US and backed by the United Kingdom and France shows that the commitment of these countries to combat chemical weapons is not limited to the declaration.

Netanyahu said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must understand that "his provision of a forward base for Iran and its proxies endangers Syria".

Lebanon's Iran-backed militant group Hezbollah early in the day said that Israel had made a "historic blunder" using all the attack.

Israel is endorsing the decision to use military action in Syria. "Tonight, led by the Americans, the U.S., France and Britain acted appropriately", an Israeli official said on condition of anonymity in a statement issued in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu called on Western powers to take the same approach towards preventing "terrorist states" from acquiring nuclear weapons, a thinly veiled reference to its rival enemy Iran.

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"This aggression is created to compensate for the defeat of the terrorists" in Eastern Ghouta, an area recently recaptured by Syrian government forces, Iran's foreign ministry said.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, in addition to several other high-ranking Israeli officials, expressed approval of the allied strike on Syrian targets following the most recent chemical attack in the war torn nation.

Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, according to his office.

Hezbollah, like Iran and Russian Federation, is backing Assad in the war.

Three targets were struck according to the U.S., including a research centre in Damascus, a chemical weapons storage facitiy west of Homs, and a key command post also near Homs.

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