Do not test our resolve, Israel warns Iran

Do not test our resolve, Israel warns Iran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif spoke at the Munich Security Conference a few hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed what he said was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down last week by Israeli forces.

Netanyahu used the security conference to make military threats against Iran, saying "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies that are attacking us but also against Iran itself".

Israel has carried out scores of airstrikes in Syria in recent years, focusing largely on what it says are advanced weapons stores or convoys of weapons meant for Hezbollah, and it has also reportedly hit Syrian government facilities involved in weapons development and an Iranian base under construction in Syria.

The Israeli PM's stunt at a security conference draws a strong reaction from Iran, which brands it a "cartoonish circus".

"What has happened in the past several days is the so-called invincibility (of Israel) has crumbled", Zarif said of Netanyahu's remarks, which followed the February 10 downing of an Israeli F-16 jet.

"Once the Syrians have the guts to down one of its planes it's as if a disaster has happened", Zarif said.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has issued a warning to Iran over the actions of its "proxies" in Syria.

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The tough words on both sides at the worldwide event come as Israel is increasingly seeking to cooperate with Sunni Arab states that share its worries about Shi'ite Iran.

He stated that Lebanon is attached to its oil wealth, adding: "Lebanon stands by Arab countries and it believes that Arab solidarity is a powerful way to protect our nations and resolve our crises". "The war to prevent war is getting late - but it's not too late". Tension between Israel and Lebanon has increased as Hezbollah has gained strength fighting in Syria, and the two countries also have a maritime border dispute.

Holding up what he said was a remnant of the downed drone during his speech, Netanyahu said: "Mr Zarif, do you recognise this?" "They're aggressive, they are developing ballistic missiles, they're not inspecting, they have a free highway to massive [uranium] enrichment".

Netanyahu said of Iran that if the U.S. decides to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal, which he has long opposed, "I think they'll do nothing".

In addition to Netanyahu's accusations, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir claimed during his speech at Munich on Sunday that Iran has trained several terrorist factions and conducted terrorist operations around the world. Two of the detainees worked closely with Netanyahu in the past, the person said.

European powers including Britain, France, Germany and Russian Federation who were party to the accord have argued that Iran is complying with the agreement and are against tearing it up, something US President Donald Trump has said he favours.

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