Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Haifa navy base and was briefed by GOC Navy Vice Admiral Eli Sharvit about the force’s capabilities.
Netanyahu, who also serves as defense minister, noted that he was “impressed by the navy’s aggressiveness, the building of its force and the use of it. The Navy is a primary component of Israel’s defensive and deterrent power in the superior missions we have in these two areas.”
“I am impressed by everything I’ve seen here. Of course, it is impossible to show everything but the missiles that you see behind me can go very far, against any enemy, including Iran’s proxies in our region,” he stated.
“We are constantly working according to our understanding and the need to prevent Iran and its proxies from entrenching on our northern border and in our region in general. We are doing everything necessary,” Netanyahu underscored.
Netanyahu’s remarks came just a day after Syria claimed that the IDF shelled targets in the Quneitra area, adjacent to Israel’s northern border.
Iran’s military build-up in Syria remains a red line for Israel. Israel’s Air Force has carried out thousands of attacks to thwart the Iranian entrenchment in the war-torn country.
Iran uses its positions in Syria to transfer weapons and infrastructure to its terror proxy in Lebanon, Hezbollah, while attempting to establish another military front against Israel from the Syrian Golan Heights.