Iran needs to “remember the saying that if it rains on us, it will pour on them,” Liberman warned.
By: World Israel News Staff
Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman stated that Israel’s forces struck “nearly all the Iranian infrastructure in Syria” in a massive raid in response to an Iranian attack on Israel, while warning Iran against launching further attacks on Israel.
“They need to remember the saying that if it rains on us, it will pour on them. I hope we’ve finished this episode and everyone understood,” Liberman added, stressing that Israel will not allow Iran to turn Syria into “a forward base for action against Israel.”
“This is a clear policy and we are acting on it,” he stated at an address to the Herzelia conference on Thursday.
Liberman underscored that Israel was not seeking a conflict with Iran and Syria and that it is Iran which is seeking to expand “and to build a new border.” However, Israel “must prepare itself for any scenario.”
“We are in a new reality in which, for the first time, Iran is attempting to attack the State of Israel, to harm our territory, this will not happen,” he stated.
Iran’s Quds forces launched a barrage of rockets at IDF bases on the Golan Heights in northern Israel on Wednesday night, the first Iranian attack on Israeli soil in history. The assault prompted an extensive Israel Air Force (IAF) attack on dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.
“We remain on high alert and vigilant, and we monitor Iranian activity in Syria,” IDF Spokesman Lt. Cl. Jonathan Conricus told reporters. “We do not want to escalate the situation, but we will respond to a new Iranian attack, we are ready to give a powerful response. We caution the Iranians against it.”
“The Iranian attack on Israel tonight is more decisive proof of the intention behind the Iranian military establishment in Syria and the danger it poses on Israel and stability in the region,” the IDF stated. “The IDF will not allow the Iranian threat to establish itself in Syria. The Syrian regime will be held accountable for everything happening in its territory.”
Israel has repeatedly warned that it will not accept an Iranian military presence in Syria, which it views as a direct threat to its security.
The IDF has been anticipating such an act of aggression from Iran, and on the previous night it carried out a preemptive strike against Iranian missiles that were pointed towards Israel. The IDF considers its action on Wednesday night as highly successful, while the Iranian attack is viewed as a total failure.