Obama Backs Israel’s Right to Self Defense Action Over Syria

— by John Tackeff

Over the weekend, President Barack Obama reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself with respect to Syira. President Obama said in an interview with Telemundo:

What I have said in the past and I continue to believe is that the Israelis justifiably have to guard against the transfer of advanced weaponry to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. We coordinate closely with the Israelis recognizing they are very close to Syria, they are very close to Lebanon.

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Further, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama Administration is keeping in close contact with the Israeli Government to monitor the situation:

[Principle Deputy White House Press Secretary] Earnest said Obama believes Israel is justifiably concerned about the threat posed by Hezbollah obtaining advanced weapons systems, including missiles. The U.S. “is in very close contact” with the Israeli government on a range of issues, Earnest added.