After a ceasefire negotiated by the US and Russia went into effect Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu offered tempered support for the halt in the fighting during remarks at the beginning of the weekly Cabinet meeting.
"We welcome the efforts to achieve a stable, long-term and genuine ceasefire in Syria. Anything that stops the terrible killing there is important especially from a humanitarian standpoint,” said Netanyahu.
But the Prime Minister was quick to emphasize that Israel would not allow Iran to use the ceasefire as cover to build up military assets along the Golan Heights, demanding an end to Iranian activity in the area.
“It must be clear at the same time that any agreement in Syria must include a halt to Iran's aggression toward Israel from Syrian territory.”
In particular, Netanyahu noted to recent movement of heavy weapons from Iran to Hezbollah via Syria. The placement of advanced Iranian weapons along Israel’s border would not be accepted by Israel, implying the Jewish state would be prepared to intervene should “the red lines” be crossed.
“We will not agree to the supply of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah from Syria and Lebanon. We will not agree to the creation of a second terror front on the Golan Heights. These are the red lines that we have set and they remain the red lines of the State of Israel."