The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday his country’s armed forces “operate in Syria from time to time to prevent Syria from becoming a front against us” during a conference in the Israeli city of Acre.
“We're operating against another terror front that Iran is trying to build in the Golan, and in order to thwart the transfer of particularly deadly weapons from Syria to Lebanon. We will continue doing this,” the prime minister said.
His comments are the first time the Israeli government has admitted to operating in Syria despite several reports of Israeli airstrikes and limited ground operations in Syria since the start of the conflict nearly five years ago. Israel maintains its occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights since the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel also began drilling for oil in the Golan Heights in February of this year.