BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:40 P.M.) – Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Syria “will be held accountable” for the alleged actions of its allies, singling out Iran and Hezbollah, in a speech at the annual Herzliya Conference, held by the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in the coastal Israeli city of Herzliya, Thursday.
“I warn the Syrian government that is encouraging them, both Hezbollah and Iran, from turning Syria to a front base against Israel,” Lieberman said.
The defence minister went on to say that Israel has “no intention to initiate any military action,” before adding that “when we have to act, we will not hesitate to act.”
Lieberman also commented on negotiations between the US and Russia with regards to safe-zones in Syria. “I hope they will reach an agreement, but this fact alone does not prevent us to act in order to secure the Israeli interests,” he said.