German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday expressed understanding for Israel's concern over Iran, saying it was "important and right" for Israel to represent its security interests.
Last week, Israel had targeted Iranian forces inside Syria with heavy strikes. The Israeli army said at the time that the strikes were in response to a rocket fired at the northern Golan Heights last Sunday.
The Israeli air force has repeatedly struck targets in Syria in order to prevent arch-enemy Iran from establishing a sustained military presence. Besides Russia, Iran is one of Syrian President Bashar Assad's closest allies in the ongoing civil war in Syria.
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