Liberman: Israel destroyed ‘nearly all’ Iranian military sites in Syria

Liberman: Israel destroyed ‘nearly all’ Iranian military sites in Syria

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May 10, 2018

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Defense minister warns Tehran: ‘If you give us rain, you will get a flood’; opposition MK calls on government to prepare for ‘broader confrontation’

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Thursday morning that the IDF had destroyed “nearly all” of Iran’s military infrastructure sites in Syria overnight in response to a rocket barrage on Israel’s north, and warned Tehran that attacks on Israeli territory will be met with “the strongest possible force.”

 

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman leads a Yisrael Beytenu faction meeting at the Knesset on January 8, 2018 (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

 

In his first public comments following the strikes on dozens of targets that the IDF said were affiliated with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ al-Quds Force, Liberman said that Israel has no interest in escalating tensions but will not accept any provocation against it.

“If we get rain, you will get a flood,” he warned Iran, speaking at an annual Herzliya Conference. “We will not let Iran use Syria as a base to attack us from.”

“The Iranians tried to attack the sovereign territory of Israel,” Liberman said. “Not one Iranian rocket landed in the State of Israel. Nobody was hurt. Nothing was damaged. And we’re to be thankful for that. We damaged nearly all of the Iranian infrastructure in Syria.”

 

An illustrative map showing the general locations of Israeli strikes in Syria in response to a presumed Iranian attack on the Golan Heights on May 10, 2018. (Israel Defense Forces)

 

But he added, “It’s not a stunning victory. Everything’s limited at the moment to a confrontation between us and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Syria. Everyone wants to limit this confrontation and keep it in this form.”

Liberman stressed that Israel had no interested in an escalation but that Iranian provocation met with force.

​”We are not trying to aggravate or create a new front. The ones constantly trying to spread and build more proxies are Iran. We see them acting everywhere,” he said. “Iran is trying to create a new front with us. We will not let them use Syria as a base to attack us from.”

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan warned Iran that Israel is “not playing and not bluffing.

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