World Overwhelmingly Supports Israel Against Iran

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11 mei 2018 (Gehele dag)
World Overwhelmingly Supports Israel Against Iran
Reactions to Israel’s retaliatory strikes against Iranian military assets in Syria on Thursday morning were swift and almost universally supportive, accompanied by strong statements condemning Iran’s aggression.  The endorsements of Israel came from the White House, the EU, several European governments and even the tiny Gulf Arab Emirate of Bahrain.

“As long as Iran has breached the status quo in the region and invaded countries with its forces and missiles, so any state in the region, including Israel, is entitled to defend itself by destroying sources of danger,” Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Khalifa said on his official Twitter account.

“The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East,” a White House statement read. “Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions, and we call on the IRGC and its militant proxies, including Hezbollah, to take no further provocative steps.”

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman told reporters in London that “we condemn Iran’s attack on Israel.  Israel has every right to defend itself. "We call on Iran to refrain from any further attacks and for calm on all sides. We call on Russia to use its influence in Syria to prevent further Iranian attacks,”
The French Foreign Ministry said it held an “unwavering commitment to Israel's security” and that it “condemns any attempt to undermine it.” The statement added a demand that “Iran refrain from any military provocation” and “warned it against any temptation toward regional hegemony.”

The German Foreign Ministry said: “We are deeply concerned by reports about last night’s Iranian rocket attacks on Israeli army outposts. “These attacks are a severe provocation that we most strongly condemn. We have always emphasized that Israel has a the right to defend itself.”

“Israel has the right to defend itself,” the EU said, adding that the situation was “extremely worrying.”

Even Iran’s nominal ally Russia issued a diplomatically neutral statement lamenting the situation and calling for its de-escalation but not blaming either Israel or Iran for Thursday’s events.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday in remarks ahead of a security cabinet meeting that "Yesterday, I gave the Assad regime a clear message: our actions target Iranian forces in Syria. But if the Syrian army acts against us, we will take action against it. The international community must prevent the entrenchment of the Al Quds Force in Syria. We must come together to chop off its evil spreading tentacles in Syria, and everywhere else."

In a video he posted to Facebook shortly before the meeting, Netanyahu said “Iran crossed a redline. We responded accordingly, and the IDF carried out a large-scale attack against Iranian targets in Syria…anyone who prepares to attack us, will be attacked before they are able to do so. That is how we acted and how we will continue to act.” 

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