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Israel reacts to US Syria pullout: “Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat”

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu gave a speech at the Yom Kippur memorial only days after the US announced its pulling out of Syria. Allegedly, the pullout came without warning to the Israelis.

Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat.

Prime Minister Netanyahu put it this way: “Israel will defend itself, by itself. We do not aspire to be a people alone. But that is how we had to stand at the beginning of the Yom Kippur war. Only towards the end did the Americans arrive.”

“We greatly appreciate the important support from the US, which has grown in recent years. And the huge economic pressure that the US is exerting on Iran.  That said, we always remember and implement the basic rule that guides us: Israel will defend itself, by itself. Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

“The IDF is prepare to pre-empt any threat, defensively and offensively, with crushing strength. In both weaponry and spirit. This is the tremendous spirit that was instilled in us from the generation of the Yom Kippur war.”

 

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PM and DM Netanyahu Attends State Memorial Ceremony for the Fallen of the 1973 Yom Kippur War

Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the state memorial ceremony for the fallen of the 1973 Yom Kippur War today, at the Hall of Remembrance on Mt. Herzl in JerusalemFollowing is an excerpt from his remarks:“The current focus of aggression in the Middle East is the Iranian regime in Tehran. Iran is striving to tighten its grip in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and the Gaza Strip.It is relentlessly arming itself. It is equipping its proxies with dangerous weaponry. It is attacking freedom of navigation in international shipping lanes. It downed a large American UAV. It mounted a crude and unprecedented attack on Saudi oil fields. It has repeatedly crossed its threshold of brazenness.Iran threatens to wipe us off the map. It says explicitly: ‘Israel will disappear.’ It has tried to attack us repeatedly; therefore, we must stand ready to defend ourselves against danger.We do not aspire to be ‘a people that dwells alone’ but thus we were forced to stand at the start of the Yom Kippur War; only towards the end did the American aid arrive. Like in 1973, today we very much appreciate the important support of the US, which has greatly increased in recent years, as well as the major economic pressure that the US is using on Iran.Even so, we will always remember and implement the basic rule that has guided us; Israel will defend itself, by itself, against any threat.The IDF is prepared to pre-empt any threat, defensively and offensively, with crushing strength, in weaponry and in spirit. This is the tremendous spirit that was instilled in us by the generation of the Yom Kippur War.”Video: Omer Miron, GPOSound: Ben Peretz, GPO

Posted by The Prime Minister of Israel on Thursday, October 10, 2019

 

Putin Is the New King of Syria.

The U.S. withdrawal makes Russia the new arbiter of everyone’s interests, including Israel’s. By giving Turkey a green light to invade northern Syria, the U.S. upended the balance of power in the Middle East with a single stroke, writes Jonathan Spyer, director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, and is a research fellow at the Middle East Forum and at the Jerusalem Institute for Security and Strategy.

Vladimir Putin is now the indispensable strategic arbiter in Syria. None of the remaining pieces on the broken chessboard can move without Mr. Putin’s hand.

Mr. Assad, the Kurds, Turkey and Israel all now depend on Moscow’s approval to advance their interests in Syria. This process has been sealed by sudden windfall this week, all without the firing of a single Russian bullet. All roads to Syria now run through Moscow. Mr. Putin could hardly ask for more. Read the full article in Washington Post.

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