Israel will maintain freedom of movement in Syria, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Sunday.
"We have no intention of attacking Russia or interfering in Syrian affairs," said Lieberman at the annual Jerusalem Post conference. "But if anyone thinks it's possible to shoot missiles or attack Israel or even our planes, we'll no doubt react and we'll react very energetically."
The statement came less than a month after a strike at an Iran-based airbase under exclusive Iranian control – an attack attributed to Israel by Syria, Iran and Russia. Several members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps were killed in the strike. Last Tuesday, Lieberman said Israel could hit Russia-made S-300 air defense systems in Syria if used against Israel.
At the Sunday conference, Lieberman said that Israel has three problems: "Iran, Iran, Iran."
"Iran is trying to destabilize the entire region, not just in Israel, look at what's happening in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria," said the defense minister. "Iran supports and creates proxies in Israel, and Hamas and Islamic Jihad would not survive a week without Iranian support."
Regarding the Iranian nuclear deal and the prospect that the US will soon announce that they do not believe Iran is holding on to it, Lieberman said, "That's not our thing, it's an American decision and they have none We understand that they have their ideas and approach, we can only speak to our position, which is very clear, we think that it is a very, very bad deal that was a big mistake and From our point of view, there is no reason to make this deal. "
Lieberman met with several senior US defense officials last weekend, including Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, National Security Adviser John Bolton, and Trump Adviser Jared Kushner. On the eve of his trip to the US, Lieberman told the Saudi website Elaph: If the Islamic Republic of Tel Aviv attacks, Israel will "beat Tehran and destroy any Iranian military site that threatens Israel in Syria, no matter what its price."
On Sunday, US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo said after a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that the US would cancel the Iran nuclear deal if it was not regulated. Pompeo further said that the US stands with Israel against Iran. "We remain very concerned about the dangerous escalation of Iran's threat to Iran and the region," said Pompeo, adding that the US supports Israel's right to self-defense.