Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said any retaliation will be met with a tough response, said an Al Jazeera report.

This is in relation to any threats against Israel.

This is after Israel struck Syrian military targets as their form of retaliation for an attempted attack in the occupied Golan Heights.

Netanyahu said:

“We hit a cell and now we hit the dispatchers.

We will do what is necessary in order to defend ourselves.”

He said on Tuesday while on a tour of a military facility in central Israel.

He stressed:

“These are not vain words.

They have the weight of the State of Israel and the (military) behind them and this should be taken seriously.”

Benjamin Netanyahu

What Transpired So Far

On Monday, Israel launched air raids on military targets in southern Syria.

The Israeli army said it was retaliating after an attempt to lay explosives in the Golan Heights.

Israel has occupied Golan Heights since 1967.

Syrian state-run news agency, Sana, said Israeli helicopters attacked Syrian army positions near Quneitra.

Though it only caused some material damage.

Moreover, it also said air defenses had gone into action near the Syrian capital, said the report.

Meanwhile, several Israeli media outlets reported that Monday’s actions were in response to an increased threat from the Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Hezbollah has a significant presence in Syria. 

Promised Revenge

Hezbollah chief, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, promised revenge.

Though, Israeli commentators are doubtful of this.

Adding, Nasrallah seems eager to avoid a major escalation as Lebanon struggles with its internal problems.

Last week, Israel also said it thwarted an infiltration attempt from Lebanon by Hezbollah fighters, said report.

This has set off one of the heaviest exchanges of fire along the volatile Israel-Lebanon frontier since a 2006 war between the bitter enemies.

The report added, since 2011, Israel has launched hundreds of attacks in Syria.

They are targeting government troops and allied Iranian and Hezbollah forces and vowing to end Iran’s military presence in Syria.


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