Israeli Intelligence Official: Iran's Aggression from Syria Escalated Faster than Expected

(Times of Israel) Raphael Ahren - "The negative dynamic inherent in the Iranian presence [in Syria] is happening perhaps more quickly than people expected," Chagai Tzuriel, director-general of the Israel Intelligence Ministry, said Sunday in an interview. Jerusalem has been warning for at least 18 months of the threat inherent in the Iranian military presence in Syria, he said. Tzuriel, who served in the Mossad for 28 years, added, "I am sure the Iranians are working according to a general directive, which is very aggressive.....They want to slowly but surely encroach on our sovereignty, and get us and everybody else used to them doing these things. And then, one day, you wake up and you see you have in Syria the same situation that you have now in Lebanon, with Hizbullah having established itself there militarily with the sole goal of attacking Israel. This is exactly why we made a point Saturday: No, this gradual approach will not work here - even if it means that our response needs to be quite serious."

2018-02-12 00:00:00

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