Israeli PM praised President Donald Trump’s “tough stand” against Iran

Vastavam web: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today praised President Donald Trump’s “tough stand” against Iran after the US leader issued a stark warning to the Islamic republic. “I would like to praise the tough stand expressed yesterday by President Trump and Secretary of State (Mike) Pompeo against the aggression of the Iranian regime,” Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting.

“Over the years, this regime has been spoiled by the major powers and it is good to see that the US is changing this unacceptable equation. “Trump used Twitter yesterday to send out an all-caps salvo: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had warned Trump yesterday not to “play with the lion’s tail”, saying that conflict with Iran would be the “mother of all wars”. Trump’s comments came after Pompeo, in a major address to the Iranian diaspora in California, said Washington was not afraid to sanction top-ranking leaders of the “nightmare” Iranian regime.

Netanyahu lobbied hard to have the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers cancelled, and Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in May. All other parties to the deal — Russia, Britain, France, Germany and China have sought to keep the deal in effect, saying it is working as intended by preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons for now. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow’s military chief of staff will arrive in Israel later today for talks on the Syrian conflict. Russia is also supporting Assad in the war. Netanyahu has held a series of talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent months on Syria and Iran.

Netanyahu said Putin requested the meeting with Lavrov and General Valery Gerasimov “in a conversation with me a few days ago”. On June 19, Syrian government forces launched a Russia-backed offensive to retake Daraa and Quneitra provinces in the country’s south, near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Separately on Sunday, Israel evacuated hundreds of White Helmets rescuers and their family members threatened by advancing Syrian regime forces to Jordan for resettlement in Western countries. Jordan’s foreign ministry announced in a statement that the kingdom received 422 Syrian citizens, after earlier saying it had given permission for 800 to arrive.