PM: Israel is facing direct threats from Syria

Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks in Druzim villages, Julius and Daliat al-Carmel; commends their 'dedicated' fighters.

Bibi speaks to Druzim 370 (photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Bibi speaks to Druzim 370
(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Israel faces two direct threats from Syria – the “leakage” of chemical weapons, and terrorist infiltrations over the border – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Druse leaders on Thursday.
In addition, he said, Jerusalem is concerned about rocket attacks on Israeli communities from Syria.
Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to deal with those scenarios, as well as any threat from Syria or Lebanon.
The prime minister went to the Druse villages of Julius and Daliat al-Carmel to mark the four-day Druse festival of Nabi Shuayb.
“There is a special tie between the Jewish people and the Druse community,” Netanyahu said. “I want to express Israel’s appreciation to those Druse who fell defending the State of Israel. I am speaking from personal experience in saying they are courageous and dedicated fighters. I fought shoulder to shoulder with Druse fighters and officers, and my brother of blessed memory [Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu] fought alongside Druse fighters who brought honor and security to Israel. Neither I nor the people of Israel forget that for a minute.”