On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel did not have any problems with Syrian President Bashar al Assad and would not intervene in the country if the existing agreements are upheld, according to Haaretz.
“I have set a clear policy that we do not intervene and we have not intervened. This has not changed. What has troubled us is ISIS* [Daesh] and Hezbollah and this has not changed. The heart of the matter is preserving our freedom of action against anyone who acts against us. Second, the removal of the Iranians from Syrian territory,” he said to reporters.
The confrontation came amid Netanyahu's visit to Moscow. A high-ranking Israeli official has quoted Benjamin Netanyahu as saying, during Wednesday's talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin, that Israel "won't take action against the Assad regime," according to Reuters.
At the same time, Netanyahu reportedly underlined that Moscow should encourage Iranian forces allegedly in Syria to leave the war-torn country.
On May 10, the Israeli Air Force launched missile strikes on dozens of suspected Iranian targets in the country after a rocket attack on IDF positions in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights allegedly staged by pro-Iranian forces.
Damascus condemned the attacks and called them a violation of its airspace and sovereignty, with Iran also pledging to respond to "Israeli aggression."
Tel Aviv, in turn, accuses Tehran of building up a military presence in Syria as a springboard to attack Israel. Syria and Iran have denied the claim, stating that Iran's presence is limited to military advisers assisting in the fight against Islamist terrorists.
The Golan Heights were captured and then occupied by Israel following the 1967 Six-Day War, in a move that was recognized neither by the international community nor the UN Security Council.
Israel and Syria still remain officially at war as a result of this conflict and a lack of formal bilateral diplomatic relations.
* Daesh (aka IS, ISIL, ISIS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.