Bennett: Attack Shows Iranians ‘Not Immune’

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Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Anyone who attacks Israel can expect to get attacked in return – with great force, Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said Wednesday, after the IDF attacked military sites in Syria. The Israeli attack came in response to four missiles that were fired at Israel from Syria Tuesday morning. “The rules have changed,” Bennett said in a statement. “Anyone who fires at Israel will not sleep at night. That is what happened last week,” when Israeli security agents eliminated top Islamic Jihad terrorist Abu al-Ata, “and that is how it is this week.”

Details emerged Wednesday morning about the attack. Israeli media reports said that as many as 11 people were killed when the IDF targeted numerous military targets in the Damascus area, among them Iranians. An Israeli security source told Kan News that the IDF attacked 20 targets, half of them Iranian. Among the targets, the source said, was Syria’s national security headquarters, located in Damascus Airport, as well as Syrian anti-aircraft missile batteries.

On Tuesday, the Iron Dome defense system intercepted and destroyed the Syrian missiles before they could fall in Israeli territory. The security source said that the Israeli response early Wednesday was “definitely out of proportion, but the intention here is to change the balance. Until now the Iranians thought they were untouchable, but we have shown that even for a small attack that had almost no impact on Israel, we will supply a strong response. We still haven’t threatened the ‘head of the octopus’ in Tehran, but last night’s incident shows we are getting closer.”

Bennett also called out Iran for its attempts to establish a presence in Syria. “Our message to the Iranians is simple: You are no longer exempt from attack. Any place you try to stretch your tentacles, we will cut them off. The IDF will continue to maintain an iron wall for Israel.”