- Title: Israel welcomes U.S. airstrikes in Syria
- Date: 9th April 2017
- Summary: JERUSALEM (APRIL 9, 2017) (REUTERS) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU ARRIVING AT WEEKLY CABINET MEETING NETANYAHU CONVENING CABINET MEETING MINISTERS (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "Israel fully supports the American attack in Syria. We do it out of moral reasons in the face of the horrible sights from Idlib and also to make clear that there is a price for the use of chemical weapons. MORE OF MEETING (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU SAYING: "There is an international commitment from 2013 to remove all chemical weapons from Syria. As we've seen, this commitment is yet to be fully implemented. We call on the international community to finish the job, and this is an opportunity for an American-Russian cooperation in this specific field. It must be completed." MORE OF MEETING
- Embargoed: 23rd April 2017 10:31
- Keywords: Israel Netanyahu Syria chemical weapons
- Location: JERUSALEM
- City: JERUSALEM
- Country: Israel
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016BOGBWN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Israel on Sunday (April 9) the U.S. airstrikes in Syria, saying they sent a strong message that the Trump administration would not accept the use of chemical weapon.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel stood fully behind the decision to fire more than 50 cruise missiles at the airfield from where Washington said President Bashar al-Assad's forces launched a deadly chemical attack this week.
During the six-year conflict in Syria, Israel has largely stayed on the sidelines, carrying out only occasional airstrikes when it feels threatened, including by the movement of weapons to Lebanese Hezbollah militants on its frontier with Syria.
Israeli officials said the United States had informed them about the airstrikes ahead of time, but it was not clear whether Israel provided intelligence or any other form of input to the White House to support carrying out the attack.
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