Iran building missiles in Syria, Lebanon - Netanyahu

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 29, 2017

"Iran is busy turning Syria into a base of military entrenchment and it wants to use Syria and Lebanon as war fronts (for) its declared goal to eradicate Israel", Netanyahu said in English.

Both Iran and Lebanese movement Hezbollah have backed Syrian President Bashar Assad's government forces in the civil war that has ravaged Syria.

On his first visit to Israel since taking office at the beginning of this year, the Secretary-General met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders in Jerusalem.

Mr Netanyahu gave no details about the sites Iran was allegedly building to manufacture missiles, but he warned "this is something Israel can not accept".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at Yad Vashem on Monday.

Guterres said calling for Israel's destruction is a modern form of anti-Semitism.

Guterres promised Netanyahu "to do everything in my capacity" to make sure the peacekeepers fulfill their obligations in Lebanon.

The UN chief qualified the remark however by making clear that he would not be deterred from levelling criticism at Israel when he feels it necessary.

Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who took office in January, is likely to try to take steps to keep the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a viable option at a time when it is under threat.

Guterres, who is on his first visit to Israel since becoming head of the United Nations at the beginning of this year, declared Monday during a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that "calling for Israel's destruction is a form of modern anti-Semitism" and said he would treat Israel with "impartiality" amid vocal complaints by Israeli officials that the world body is biased against the Jewish state.

Meanwhile, Guterres, who will be in the Palestinian territories on Monday, said that the United Nations denounces Israel's settlement policies. "Tehran does not hide its intention to destroy the State of Israel", Netanyahu told Putin.

According to the broadcaster, the pictures were captured by an Israeli satellite not far from the Syrian Mediterranean coastal town of Baniyas.

His meeting with Netanyahu was part of a three-day visit that ends Wednesday and came with the two-state solution, long the focus of worldwide diplomacy, under threat.

"We shall not allow this blindness to continue", Hotovely said.

Rivlin thanked him for his "brave leadership regarding the discrimination against Israel".

The Secretary-General will also meet the families of the two slain Israeli soldiers who had been held by Hamas since Operation Protective Edge in 2014.

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