Erdogan has been threatening and planning for months to send the Turkish army into northern Syria on a mission to annihilate the Kurdish defense forces there.
In 2018 alone, Eizenkot said Israel had dropped 2,000 bombs on Iranian targets in near-daily attacks.
"I think everyone understands that a very serious threat was averted here."
This was the first Israeli airstrike on the Damascus area in 2019. The last time the IAF hit the same area was on December 25, 2018.
Pompeo also announced The United States will host an international summit next month to promote stability and freedom in the Middle East.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday that the thousands of Turkish troops amassed along the Syrian border would attack whether the US is out or not.
"In falsely seeing ourselves as a force for what ails the Middle East, we were timid about asserting ourselves when the times — and our partners — demanded it," Pompeo said.
"It is impossible to accept the message given by Mr. Bolton in Israel," Erdogan told members of his ruling party.
U.S. troops will remain in Syria as long as necessary to "make sure that defense of Israel and our other friends in the region is absolutely assured."
An anonymous official also insisted that the US will continue to be “very supportive” of Israeli airstrikes against Iran in Syria.
I didn’t like the fact that they’re selling the small oil they have, to Iran. And we asked them not to sell it to Iran.... I'm not happy about that at all."
It's not at all clear whether Netanyahu introduced the US president to the idea of a 120-day pullout or merely added his voice to others around Trump who counseled a more patient pullout.
Lindsey Graham: “Slow this down. Make sure that we get it right. Make sure ISIS never comes back. Don’t turn Syria over to the Iranians. That’s a nightmare for Israel."
Senior Russian commanders on the ground in Syria actually admire the IDF and its aggressive style – as long as the IDF does not shoot down Ilyushin planes, of course.
Here's the troublesome point: Israel has not complained about the American withdrawal from Syria, not publicly, anyway.
Israel is “not prepared to accept the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria which is directed against us."
An arsenal of Iranian Fajr-5 missiles was reportedly being stored in at least one of the weapons warehouses..
“They are allies and I hope that they will win in their battle against the Turks."
Multiple weapons depots belonging to pro-Iranian militias were hit, according to a local source.
“An air defense system was launched against an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria. There were no injuries."
This week, President Trump's other friend in the Middle East, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called President Erdogan an “anti-Semitic dictator.”
The buffer zone between Israel and Syria is about 50 miles long, and between 0.3 and 6 miles wide.
The two men agreed to coordinate in order to prevent formation of a power vacuum as U.S. troops are drawn down from Syria.
An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman on Saturday welcomed President Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria, saying the US military presence in the Middle East fuels insecurity in the region.
Thank you, General Mattis, you are an honorable man and we're so glad we didn't have to get into a fight with you over the boundaries of our homeland.