Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu calls for actions against Syria and Iran

Russia's President Putin calls Israeli prime minister to urge him not to take actions that would destabilise Syria.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Wednesday for action against Syria, as the US and its allies appear to be gearing up for a military strike against the Syrian government over a suspected chemical attack in Douma that Damascus denies.

"The events of the last days teach that standing up to evil and aggression is a mission that is incumbent upon every generation," Netanyahu said at the opening ceremony of Israel's annual Holocaust commemorations.

"We saw the Syrian children who were slaughtered with chemical weapons. Our hearts were rent by the horrific sights."

Earlier on Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Netanyahu in a phone conversation to do nothing to destabilise Syria.

Netanyahu told Putin that Israel would press a campaign to prevent Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, his office said.

Syria, Iran and Russia say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.

Putin told Netanyahu that it was important to respect Syria's sovereignty, according to a statement on the Kremlin's web site.

In its statement on the conversation, Netanyahu's office said: "The prime minister reiterated that Israel will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria." 

In his speech, Netanyahu criticised the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and warned Iranian leaders not to "test Israel's resolve".


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