The state Department called unacceptable Tehran’s support for terrorist groups, “which have a clear intention and potential to strike at Israel”.
The United States will continue to provide military assistance to Israel to enable it to defend itself against Iran’s actions in the region. This is stated in a written statement issued on Friday by the Deputy Head of the press service of the state Department Robert Palladino.
He commented on the information that Israel had attacked an Iranian warehouse and logistical targets used to transfer weapons to the Lebanese Hezbollah group in Syria. “The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against Iran’s regional actions, which threaten Israel’s national security and the security of the Israeli people. Iran’s support for terrorist groups in Syria and throughout the region, which have a clear intention and potential to strike at Israel, is unacceptable,” the diplomat said.
“The United States fully supports Israel’s right to defend itself against the aggressive adventurism of the Iranian regime, and we will continue to ensure that Israel has the military capability to achieve this goal in a decisive manner,” Palladino concluded.
Earlier, a representative of the Israeli security structures confirmed to the Associated Press that Israel struck targets in Syria in the evening of December 25. The Israeli military does not publicly confirm or deny reports of these attacks in Syria. Army on December 25 announced that have involved air defense systems in the flown to Israel by the Syrian anti-aircraft missile, which was issued, apparently, in the course of the attack.
On Wednesday, December 26, the official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov told reporters that in the evening of December 25 six F-16 fighters of the Israeli air force, while in Lebanese airspace, launched an air strike on the territory of Syria, creating a direct threat to two passenger aircraft. To prevent a possible tragedy, it was necessary to establish restrictions on the use of Syrian troops air defense and electronic warfare.