(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday set the record straight about Israeli relations with Syria at a Moscow conference attended by about 100 Jewish community leaders and businessmen such as Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, and Russian Jewish Congress President Yuri Kanner.
"You ask about the future of [Israel’s] relations with President Assad? I would ask what is the future of President Assad in general?" Netanyahu replied to a question about relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
"We do not interfere in this issue. We’re making sure that Syria won’t become a launchpad for attacks against Israel," said Netanyahu, who is visiting Russia this week and has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Netanyahu explained that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will strike Syrian and Iranian troops, or Islamist terrorists in the Syrian region if they become a threat to Israel.
"There are enough enemies. My policy is to take all necessary steps to prevent attacks, and we act from time to time when the need arises," Netanyahu said.
He also said that he "ordered to build a field hospital that helped thousands of Syrians, babies, children, women, and men, with awful wounds."
"We are treating them there and at our hospitals. Humanitarian aid and a firm stand on our lines for the security of Israel," he added.