Netanyahu: Syria-Iran Deal Won't Deter Israel, Whoever Threatens Us Endangers Themselves

Prime minister claims Israeli pressure on Tehran has helped scare the regime, pledges to keep fighting Iran's military entrenchment as last battles are waged in Syria

Netanyahu speaking outside the nuclear plant in Dimona, August 29, 2018.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that an agreement between Syria and Iran announced earlier this week will not deter Israel.

"Whoever threatens us with our demise puts himself in similar danger, and anyway won't achieve what they set out to do," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister, who spoke at a ceremony in the southern Israeli city of Dimona, said Iran is an ever-imminent threat looming over the Middle East. "The Israel Defense Forces will continue to act with full determination and strength against Iran's attempts to station forces and advanced weapons systems in Syria," Netanyahu added.

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Netanyahu said that Israeli pressure applied on Tehran has helped scare the regime, adding that a speech made by Iranian President Hassan Rohani proved that the Israeli tactic was working.

"We saw the fruits borne [out of the pressure applied by Jerusalem] in the words of the Iranian president, who said that many among the Iranian people have lost faith in Iran's future and strength due to the renewed financial sanctions," the prime minister said.

Netanyahu, who was referring to a military agreement forged between Iran and Syria, according to which the former will help the latter rebuild itself in the wake of the Syrian civil war, stressed that "no threat will deter us."

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Israel will continue to do what it can to prevent Iran from further entrenching itself in Syria, and "won't give up this goal, as we didn't give up the effort to cancel the bad nuclear deal with Iran," Netanyahu continued.

Addressing the unrest across the region, Netanyahu said that "in the Middle East, and in many parts of the world, there's a simple truth: There's no place for the weak. The weak collapse, get butchered, are erased from history. And the strong, for better or worse, are the ones who survive."

"The strong," he said, "are the ones who are respected, the strong are the ones with whom alliances are struck, and eventually the strong are the ones with whom you make peace."