PM Netanyahu: We hit a terror cell and now we hit those who sent it

PM Netanyahu warned Israel’s enemies hours after the IDF bombed Assad targets in Syria in retaliation for a terror cell that infiltrated into Israeli territory and planted bombs along the security border fence.

“We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers,” Netanyahu said.

“We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves. I suggest to all of them, including Hezbollah, to consider this. These are not vain words; they have the weight of the State of Israel and the IDF behind them and this should be taken seriously,” Netanyahu said during a visit to the IDF Home Front Command headquarters in Ramla.

“No one should try us. We won’t allow Assad to facilitate terror actions against the State of Israel, we won’t allow Iran to open a branch of terror in Syria. We will act against this. Wherever someone acts against the State of Israel, the State of Israel will respond. We’re not looking for an escalation,” Defense Minister Benny Gantz said.

On Sunday night, IDF troops on the southern Golan Heights adjacent to an IDF post spotted a terror squad placing explosive devices next to the security fence on the Israeli border with Syria. IDF troops and an IDF aircraft fired simultaneously towards the squad of four terrorists, eliminating the threat.

During searches, the IDF found weapons and a bag containing explosive devices ready to be used.

In response, Israeli combat helicopters bombed a number of terror targets belonging to the Assad Forces, including observation posts, intel collection systems, anti-aircraft artillery, command and control systems.

The thwarted terror attack comes as tensions with the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group show no signs of easing on Israel’s northern border.

Last week, the IDF thwarted a Hezbollah terrorist attack when a cell of four Muslim terrorists from Lebanon advanced several meters into Israeli territory.

The IDF called up reservists, deployed additional Iron Dome batteries and pushed the largest reinforcements since the 2006 war to the border with Lebanon. Israel assumes that Nasrallah is determined to launch a significant attack, partly due to the economic situation in Lebanon.