Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO
Prime Minister Netanyahu near the Israeli border with Syria, April 11, 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday morning told his weekly Cabinet meeting that “the Iranian regime is feeling very well the coming re-imposition of the economic sanctions against it.”

“The Iranian economy is at a low point,” Netanyahu suggested, adding, “One needs only see the data to believe it. Iran is investing billions of dollars in financing terrorism in the region and around the world, and in aggression in the region, instead of investing them in the Iranian people, and the Iranian people are protesting this, and rightly so.”

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Regarding events in southern Syria, Netanyahu vowed: “We will continue to defend our borders. We will extend humanitarian assistance to the extent of our abilities,” but, at the same time, “we will not allow a breach of our territory and we will demand that the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement with the Syrian army () be strictly upheld.”

“I am in continual contact with the White House and the Kremlin on this matter,” the PM told his cabinet ministers. “The Defense Minister and the Chief-of-Staff are in similar contact with their counterparts in both the US and Russia.”

Netanyahu pointed to the change in the US position toward Iran as a “strategic turnaround in Israel’s situation. I believed that his change was possible when I stood up against the entire world in order to cancel this bad [nuclear] agreement. Our goal is what it always has been: to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons and to break the cash machine that the agreement awarded Iran, which finances its aggression in the region including Syria.”

“At a time when the US is striking at the Iranian regime’s economy, we are working to prevent Iran’s forces and its proxies from establishing a military presence anywhere in Syria, and we will continue to do so,” Netanyahu concluded.

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