The head of the IDF Northern Command warns that the military “will not allow” Iranian entrenchment in Syria, but is not interested in escalating the situation at this time.
“Iran wants to establish a forward operating base in Syria whose goal is attacking Israel. We will not allow it. We will not allow Israeli citizens to be threatened. We will not allow Iran to threaten the stability of the entire region,” says Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick. “We are not inclined toward escalation, but we have high-level capabilities and we will not hesitate to use them.”
Strick makes his remarks during a ceremony marking the incoming of a new head of the Northern Command’s 210th “Bashan” Division, which is responsible for guarding the Syrian border and the Golan Heights.
“That’s how we’ve operated in the past, that’s how we operated yesterday and that’s how we’ll act, as needed, to any threat,” Strick says.
— Judah Ari Gross