‘We must prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria’

Israel National News reports: “Chief of the General Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, spoke this morning, Tuesday, at the 6th annual conference in memory of Lt. Gen. Amnon Lipkin-Shahak at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.

Eizenkot referred to the continued rocket fire from Gaza in the past month, saying that ‘the declarations calling for much more force at this stage are not responsible, deterrence is not measured in one day, and not according to what the daily newspapers say.’

‘We are making an effort militarily, internationally, and in other spheres to prevent Iran from establishing itself in Syria,’ the chief of staff said, adding that ‘An Iranian foothold in Syria would be bad for Israel, Syria and Europe.’

According to Eizenkot, Hamas is trying to increase terror attacks in Judea and Samaria to keep the Gaza Strip quiet. Regarding the tunnels surrounding the Gaza Strip, the chief of staff said, ‘We have developed a system that identifies the offensive subterranean territory into the State of Israel, and we are exerting overt and covert efforts to prevent this.’

‘For more than three and a half years, no Israeli citizen has been injured, there has been a boom in the communities near Gaza, and we are making a number of major efforts to stop the shooting,’ said the chief of staff…”

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