Speaking at a ceremony at Israel’s reported nuclear weapons development center, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatens that Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria.
“We are working to prevent Iranian military entrenchment in Syria. We won’t desist from this goal, just as we did not desist from the effort to get the bad nuclear deal with Iran canceled,” he says at a ceremony renaming the Dimona nuclear research center after former prime minister Shimon Peres, who died last year.
Peres had pushed for the reactor’s construction, which the international community was told was a textile factory.
“The IDF will continue to act with total determination and all its might against attempts by Iran to station troops and advanced weapons in Syria, and no agreement between Syria and Iran will scare us, nor will any threat scare us,” the prime minister says.
“Anyone who threatens us with annihilation will find himself under the same threat, and they won’t succeed anyway.”
According to foreign reports, the Dimona nuclear center is where Israel has built dozens of nuclear weapons, although Israel has never officially acknowledged having nuclear weapons.
Netanyahu also praises growing ties with “countries central to the Arab world,” which he says would have been unthinkable a few years ago, citing Israel’s position of strength for the change in attitudes.