Netanyahu Hails 'Great Success' in Stopping Hizbullah Shipments despite 'Exceptions'
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed Tuesday what he called Israel's "great success" in preventing Iranian military entrenchment in Syria and the transfer of advanced arms to Hizbullah in Lebanon over the past three years.
"That doesn't mean that there weren't exceptions, but altogether it has been very successful," Netanyahu said.
"We did this with maximal and very successful security coordination with the Russian army," he added.
Both Iran and Hizbullah are supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in his country's civil war alongside Russia.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said Thursday his group had acquired "precision missiles" despite Israel's extensive efforts to prevent it from developing this capability.
"It has been done. The resistance now owns precision missiles" as part of its weaponry, Nasrallah said in a televised address during the commemoration of Ashura.
Israel this month acknowledged carrying out more than 200 strikes over the past 18 months in war-torn Syria.
"Attempts in Syria to block the way towards this (missile) capability" have failed, Nasrallah added.
"If Israel imposes a war on Lebanon, it will face a fate that it never would have expected," he warned.
Israel has fought several conflicts against Hizbullah, the last in 2006.
The Israeli military believes Hizbullah has between 100,000 and 120,000 short-range missiles and rockets, as well as several hundred longer-range missiles.
Earlier this month, an Israeli raid hit Syria's coastal province of Latakia to prevent what Israel said were deliveries of materials for advanced weaponry to Hizbullah. Nasrallah denied the site was a Hizbullah post and noted that Israel has been trying to prevent the Syrian regime from acquiring an advanced missile capability.