Prime Minister Naftali Bennett asserted Tuesday that Israel "will not stop for one second" to fight against "bad forces" in the Middle East, hours after a reported Israeli strike targeting Iranian weapons shipment in Syria's Latakia port.
"We recognize the threats in our complex region. We're pushing back on the bad forces of this region day and night," the prime minister said, standing alongside Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis during a trilateral Israel-Cyprus-Greece summit in Jerusalem.
Syria said Israeli warplanes fired missiles on the port of the coastal city of Latakia. The attack, according to an opposition war monitor, targeted weapons shipment meant for Iranian militias in the country.
"We won't stop for one second...This happens almost daily. In the face of destructive forces, we will continue to act and we will not tire," Bennett said. He emphasized the strong relationship between the three countries, fortifying their ability to tackle "destructive forces."
As part of this year's trilateral Israel-Cyprus-Greece summit, the eighth of its kind – but first since Bennett assumed office in June, the Mediterranean leaders also discussed increased cooperation in energy, including EastMed plans, strengthening tourism, and the fight against climate change. It is Bennett's first time participating in this meeting as Israel's prime minister.
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"In a time when destructive forces are trying to become more destructive, it's all the more important that we, the positive forces, work together in securing the prosperity, defense, economy of the eastern Mediterranean," Bennett said in his meeting with Anastasiades.
At the end of the meeting, Israel's Science, Technology and Space Minister Orit Farkash-Hacohen, and the Cypriot Innovation and Technology Deputy Minister, Kyriacos Kokkinos, signed a cooperation agreement between the two countries in the field of scientific research and technology.
President Isaac Herzog also met with Cyprus's president Tuesday, discussing advancement in the fields of security, energy, and economic matters. During the meeting with Anastasiades, he also stressed the importance of the Israeli-Cypriot-Greek relationship, underscoring how recent normalization accords between Israel and Arab counties offer further opportunities for cooperation in the Middle East at large.