Netanyahu: We will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria

“The decision to withdraw 2000 US troops from Syria will not change our consistent policy: We will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there”, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting.

“I would like to reassure those who are concerned. Our cooperation with the US will continue in full and finds expression in many areas: Operations, intelligence and many other security spheres”, Netanyahu added.

“Operation Northern Shield is proceeding as planned. On Thursday we blew up an additional terror tunnel and we poured in concrete and sealed another one. This operation will continue in the coming weeks until its completion in order to deny Hezbollah the tunnels weapon”.

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Netanyahu said that this week he will leave on a historic visit to Brazil to meet with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro and other leaders.

“There are two ways to generate growth in the Israeli economy: One is to create new products and the other is to open new markets. Brazil is a huge market, almost 250 million people; the opening of this gigantic market will create new jobs in Israel and will greatly help our economy”, PM Netanyahu said.

“This visit will also bring important diplomatic news: A ‘turnaround’ in Israel’s relations with the largest country in Latin America. Step by step, methodically and persistently, we are turning Israel into a rising global power”, he added.