Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman peers through binoculars on a hilltop overlooking the border with Syria as Brig. Gen. Amit Fisher gives him a briefing on developments in the area, on July 10, 2018. (Ariel Hermoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Tuesday said Israel has detected efforts by Iran-backed terror groups to establish infrastructure in southwestern Syria, under the cover of dictator Bashar Assad’s renewed offensive against two rebel-held provinces in the area.
“We are seeing efforts by figures associated with the [Iran-led] axis, with permission from the regime, to establish terrorist infrastructure here in the Syrian Golan Heights,” Liberman said during a tour of the border with Syria.
“In our view, this is unacceptable, and we will act forcefully against all terrorist infrastructure that we see and identify in the area,” he said.