Iran Issues

After Iran fires missiles at IS in Syria, Netanyahu warns it not to threaten Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran not to threaten Israel and to watch its own back Monday, hours after Tehran launched missiles into Syria in what was seen, in part, as a challenge to Israel.

“I have one message for Iran: Don’t threaten Israel,” Netanyahu said.

On Monday, Iran said it fired missiles against the Islamic State in eastern Syria in response to a terror attack carried by the group earlier this month in Tehran, in which 17 people were killed.

Netanyahu said Israeli forces were “constantly tracking … the activities of Iran in the region.”

Israeli concerns about Iran in Syria have mostly centered around Tehran exploiting unrest in the civil war-plagued country to set up a base to attack Israel, as well as transferring missile systems and other advanced arms to the Lebanon-based Hezbollah terror group.

“We are watching their actions and watching their words,” Netanyahu added.

Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, a paramilitary force in charge of the country’s missile program, said it launched six Zolfaghar ballistic missiles from the western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan. State television footage showed the missiles on truck missile launchers in the daylight before being launched at night.

While the Iranian missile attack struck a blow to the Islamic State in particular, the strike was seen as a threatening message to other enemies.

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