(JNS.org) During a state visit to Germany, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin warned German Chancellor Angela Merkel that Iran and Hezbollah are attempting to create a permanent foothold in Syria that will “force Israel to react.”
Rivlin said Iran’s efforts to establish a foothold in Syria and create Shi’a militias throughout the Middle East represent a direct threat to Israel, and that Iran is liable to “sink the whole region into war.”
The Israeli president also said the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorist group had “consistently violated U.N. Security Council resolutions,” which is endangering both the Lebanese and Israeli people.
“The president clarified that the weapons infrastructure that Hezbollah was building may require the State of Israel to respond,” a statement by Rivlin’s office said.
Rivlin's comments came just hours after Israel purportedly hit a Syrian chemical weapons facility near the city of Hama.
The Israeli president thanked Merkel for Germany’s strong military support for Israel, which has included strategic weapons systems such as nuclear-capable submarines.
“We all hope this commitment will remain between the two countries forever, regardless of which coalition is in power in either country,” Rivlin said.