Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel will not tolerate Iran’s presence in Syria.
"We maintain absolute freedom of action and the only considerations that guide us are the security considerations of Israel," he said at the end of a two-day tour in northern Israel.
Lieberman visited the northern border accompanied by IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, Northern Command Chief Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick and the commanders of the Bashan and Galilee Division.
"With regards to Iran, we will simply not allow for Shi'ite consolidation and Iranian entrenchment in Syria nor will we allow Syria to become a forward operating base against the State of Israel. Anyone who has yet to understand that is advised to do so."