Israel warned Europeans about Iranian threat before latest flareup

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned European leaders of Iran’s continued threat to the region before this weekend’s flare-up in relations, in which Israel shot down an Iranian drone after it entered Israeli airspace from Syrian territory, Channel 10 news reports.

Netanyahu spoke a number of times in recent weeks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emanuel Macron and UK Prime Minister Theresa May to tell them of the Islamic Republic’s aggression in the region and ongoing efforts to strengthen its ballistic missile program.

In those conversations, Netanyahu said that Israel prefers a diplomatic solution to the problem, but that if that didn’t work, Israel would be forced to use other means, the report says.

In response, France, UK and Germany last week informed Iranian officials, to warn them of Israel’s intentions.

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