UPDATED 8:36 AM PT — Monday, August 26, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed full support for Israel after its recent strikes against Iranian targets in Syria. In a series of tweets Sunday, the State Department chief said he spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the short aftermath of the strikes over the weekend.
Pompeo said the Jewish state has every right to defend itself from Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the anti-Semitic Quds Force.
Spoke with Israeli PM @Netanyahu today regarding recent Israeli airstrikes in #Syria. I expressed my support for Israel’s right to defend itself from threats posed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps & to take action to prevent imminent attacks against Israeli assets.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 25, 2019
Israeli officials said their strikes prevented what appeared to be imminent attacks on the Jewish state and its citizens.
“We revealed that Iran’s Quds Force dispatched a special unit of Shi’ite militants to Syria in order to kill Israelis on the Golan Heights with explosives drones,” stated Prime Minister Netanyahu. “I would like to emphasize: this was an initiative of Iran, under the command of Iran, at the behest of Iran.”
Secretary Pompeo said he and Netanyahu also discussed ongoing deployments of Iranian proxies to Syria and possible Israeli strikes in that country going forward.