Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel will operate in Syria according to “its understanding” and “its security needs”, Israeli news website Ynet News reported.
Netanyahu made his remarks, which came during a Likud meeting, despite the ceasefire agreement signed on Saturday between the US, Russia and Jordan. Israel said that the agreement fell short of its security demands.
“I clarified for our friends, first and foremost in Washington and also our friends in Moscow, that Israel will act in Syria, including in southern Syria, in accordance with its understanding and our security needs,” Netanyahu said, according to the Israeli website.
He added: “That is what is happening and that is what will continue to happen… We are concerned for Israel’s security… We are doing this with the right combination of firmness and responsibility… We are protecting our borders, we are protecting our country and we will continue to do so.”
Israel has carried out several strikes in Syria, even in Damascus, under security pretext.