PM says Rouhani’s claim Israel supporting terrorists in Syria is ‘absurd’
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PM says Rouhani’s claim Israel supporting terrorists in Syria is ‘absurd’

Netanyahu: If Iranian president is not familiar with Iranian terror in Syria, Israel would be ‘happy to update him’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset in Jerusalem, on March 12, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the Knesset in Jerusalem, on March 12, 2018. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out at the Iranian president on Wednesday after Hassan Rouhani accused Israel of exacerbating the Syrian civil war with its intermittent strikes on Iran-backed military sites.

“There is no limit to this absurdity,” Netanyahu said in a statement posted on Twitter. “The tentacles of Iranian terrorism accuse Israel of terrorism.

“If Rouhani is not familiar with the terror attacks and acts of sabotage that the [Iranian] Quds Forces carry out on a daily basis in Syria, Israel will be happy to update him,” the prime minister said.

Rouhani earlier said there was “interference from Zionist forces in Syria which has increased problems. They don’t respect Syrian national sovereignty. They bomb areas in Syria. They support terrorists. These are all issues which have increased Syria’s problems.”

Israel has carried out intermittent strikes on weapon convoys bound for the Iran-backed Hezbollah terrorist group that is sworn to the Jewish state’s destruction.

The Iranian leader met Wednesday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to discuss the future of the war-torn country.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani (L) pose for a photo ahead of the Turkey-Russia-Iran Tripartite summit in Ankara, Turkey on April 04, 2018. (AFP/Pool/Tolga Bozoglu)

In a joint statement issued at the end of their meeting, the three said they stood against “separatist” agendas that would undermine Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

They reaffirmed their commitment to working toward achieving ceasefires between conflicting parties in Syria and stressed their determination to continue cooperating “in order to ultimately eliminate” the Islamic State group and other entities associated with al-Qaeda.

They also called for increased international investment in Syria’s reconstruction.

Erdogan pointed at the EU’s failure to deliver 3 billion euros in assistance he said it promised for helping restore Syria’s north. He added that Turkey would continue to invest its own funds in rebuilding Syria.

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