DM Liberman: Syrian soldiers near the border are putting their lives in danger

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Israel will not stand the presence of even one Syrian soldier in the buffer zone on the Israel-Syria border, and will hold the Assad regime responsible for any terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights.

“This attempt to establish terror infrastructure in the Syrian Golan Heights under the regime’s purview is unacceptable to us,” Liberman said.

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“We will operate with full power against any terrorist infrastructure we identify in the area.”

As he toured the Syrian border in the Golan Heights, Liberman added: “As far as we are concerned, the Syrian regime is responsible and it will pay a heavy price for cooperating with the axis powers [Iran and Hezbollah] and for trying to set up terror structures here.”

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Liberman said that any Syrian soldier found in the buffer zone between Syria and Israel is taking his life into his own hands. Iranian presence in Syria, Liberman continued, “is unacceptable for Israel and we will operate against any Iranian entrenchment in Syria.”

The defense minister added that Israel will continue providing humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees but will not take even one refugee into Israeli territory.