Israel’s Intel Ministry: One Eye on Tehran, the Other on the Future

GOLAN HEIGHTS, UNSPECIFIED – JUNE 22: (ISRAEL OUT) An Israeli soldier prays on a Merkava tank on the Israeli-Syrian border near Quneitra on June 22, 2014 Israeli-annexed Golan Heights. An Israeli teen was killed on June, 22, and three men were wounded, one seriously, in an attack near the border fence with Syria in the Golan Heights. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS – Director of Israel’s Ministry of Intelligence Chagai Tzuriel came to this European city to get the word out that if Iran tries to build a long-term presence in Syria, Israel would have to act – a conflict that could possibly be avoided if U.S. troops stay there.

“Right now, our number one goal is to prevent Iran from basing itself militarily in Syria,” Tzuriel said, in a sit-down during the recent German Marshall Forum in Brussels. “If the U.S. has presence on the ground, which it has…and if it takes part in the political processes around the future of Syria, it can influence.”

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