BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 A.M.) – A unnamed Israeli senior official told Ynet News on Thursday that they were ‘shocked’ by U.S. President Donald Trump’s comments regarding Iran’s future in Syria.
“They can do what they want there, frankly,” Trump said in reference to Iran’s future role in Syria.
“Iran is no longer the same country,” he claimed, adding that “Iran is pulling people out of Syria. They can do what they want there, frankly, but they’re pulling people out. They’re pulling people out of Yemen. Iran wants to survive now.”
In response to these comments by Trump, the unnamed Israeli official told Ynet, “I am quite simply in shock.”
“Trump simply does not know what is happening in Syria and the Iranian entrenchment there,” they continued, as quoted by the Times of Israel.
Trump’s comments on Iran came on the same day that he claimed Syria was lost cause.
“Syria was lost long ago. It was lost long ago. We’re talking about sand and death. That’s what we’re talking about. We’re not talking about vast wealth. We’re talking about sand and death,” explained the US president.
He would add that Kurdish forces in Syria were selling oil to Iran, which has disappointed his administration.
“The Kurds, our partners, are selling oil to Iran. We’re not thrilled about that. I’m not happy about it at all. At the same time, they fight better when we fight with them,” he added.