Don't miss the inspiring speeches at The Jerusalem Post Conference
Israel 'very concerned' by rising Iranian power in Syria, Ya'alon says
February 29, 2016 13:21
Defense minister says strengthening of Shi'ite axis could lead to renewal of Iranian terror front from Golan; says Iran keeps trying to smuggle weapons to Gaza.
IDF Armored Corps soldiers train on the Golan Heights

IDF Armored Corps soldiers train on the Golan Heights. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Israel is highly concerned about the prospect of a stronger Iranian presence in Syria, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon told his Italian counterpart, Roberta Pinotti, on Monday in Tel Aviv.

Israel is “very concerned by the strengthening of Iran in Syria, which will lead to a strengthening of the Shi’ite axis, in a negative manner,” Ya’alon said at a meeting in his Tel Aviv office.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

“This could encourage Iran to continue to activate a terrorism front against us from the Golan Heights. Iran will also continue to invest the money it will receive from sanctions relief in the development and acquisition of new weapons systems, and the building and fortification of terrorist proxies in the Middle East, Europe and America to spread terrorism around the world,” he said.

Iran has “not given up on its attempts to transfer weapons to the Gaza Strip through various means, and we witness these attempts all the time,” the defense minister added.

Although Israel would very much like the Syrian civil war to come to an end, he said the conflict, which has led to half a million casualties and ten million refugees has not completely stopped.

Pinotti told Ya’alon Israel and Italy are in the same boat, sharing regional problems, while acknowledging that Israel has been living with them for a long time.

Europe and the entire world are now beginning to experience these problems themselves, and can better understand what has been taking place in the area, she said.

Ya’alon also praised defense relations between Israel and Italy, pointing to the IAF’s use of Italy’s M346 training plane.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

  • Moshe Ya'alon
  • italy
  • israel syria
  • Related Content
    The 'Decent One' movie
    March 29, 2017
    Never-before-seen document penned by Nazi leader Himmler uncovered in Israel


    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 15 - 29
      Beer Sheva
      15 - 24
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 16 - 23
      15 - 22
    • 21 - 30
      15 - 26