DM Liberman: Support for the Iranian regime spreads terror in Europe
The Assad regime is rebuilding its military power after recapturing most of Syria’s territory from rebel groups, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday morning in the Golan.
“The Syrian army is not making do with taking control of all of Syria’s territory, instead explicitly building up a broad, new ground army that will resume its prior dimensions and even surpass it,” the defense minister said on a visit to an IDF’s Armored Corps exercise in the Golan.
Commenting on the renewal of sanctions that the US announced on Iran, Liberman said:
“The renewal of the sanctions is necessary particularly when it comes to those combating terrorism. We very much support President Trump’s decision and I hope that in the second stage, with the sanctions in November, we will also see them implemented. The assistance to Iran that European leaders have spoken about is not going to the Iranian economy, but rather to the Iranian regime, which is spreading terror on European soil, including recently”.
“The nuclear agreement brought billions of dollars to the Iranian regime, which used that money not for the benefit of its citizens, but for terrorism and subversion all across the Middle East,” he added.
Liberman explained that Tehran’s “terror support budget” is $2.5 billion a year, which is allocated to the Quds Force in Syria, funding Hezbollah, funding the Shiite terrorists in Iraq, funding the Houthi terrorists in Yemen, funding Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists in Gaza.
“We see the Syrian army, which doesn’t settle for capturing all Syrian territory, but is clearly building a broad, new army, which will go back to its previous size and even beyond. That is why we’re monitoring every development and are ready for any scenario,” the Defense Minister said.