Netanyahu’s Remarks Prove Israel behind Syrian War: Iranian Speaker
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said the recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrate the fact that the Zionist regime is behind the protracted war in Syria.
Speaking at an open session of the parliament on Sunday morning, Larijani denounced Netanyahu’s comments in his recent meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and said he explicitly declared that behind the scenes, Israel has waged the war in Syria.
Netanyahu set a condition for establishment of peace in Syria and openly said the war in the Arab country is a war against the anti-Israeli resistance, he noted.
The main goal behind acts of adventurism in the region is definitely to rout the resistance and countries supporting it, Larijani said.
In his meeting with Putin on Thursday, Netanyahu said that Iran’s efforts to establish a permanent presence in Syria in any future arrangement in the country was the reason for his visit.
Diplomatic efforts to end fighting in Syria have gained momentum in recent weeks with the announcement of a ceasefire in the Arab country in early January.
The truce, which was negotiated between Russia, Iran, Turkey, the Damascus government and the Syrian opposition, excludes terrorist groups such as Daesh and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
Syria has been gripped by civil war since March 2011 with various terrorist groups, including Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL), currently controlling parts of it.
According to a report by the Syrian Center for Policy Research, the conflict has claimed the lives of over 470,000 people, injured 1.9 million others, and displaced nearly half of the country’s pre-war population of about 23 million within or beyond its borders.