Trump's Press Sec. affirms Israel's 'sovereign right to defend itself'

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, US September 12, 2017.. (photo credit: REUTERS / JONATHAN ERNST)


The United States condemns the Iranian regime’s provocative rocket attacks from Syria against Israeli citizens, and we strongly support Israel’s right to act in self-defense.  The Iranian regime’s deployment into Syria of offensive rocket and missile systems aimed at Israel is an unacceptable and highly dangerous development for the entire Middle East.  Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) bears full responsibility for the consequences of its reckless actions, and we call on the IRGC and its militant proxies, including Hizballah, to take no further provocative steps.

The United States also calls on all nations to make clear that the Iranian regime’s actions pose a severe threat to international peace and stability.


 By Avraham Gold on May 10, 2018 for –

“Israel absolutely has a sovereign right to defend itself,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News Wednesday night after Israel struck dozens of Iranian targets in Syria.

The strike came after 20 rockets were fired toward Israel’s front defensive line in the Golan Heights and targeted the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp’s Quds Force.

“This just further shows that the Iranian regime cannot be trusted,” Sanders said in a television interview. “We support [Israel] in whatever efforts they have in order to defend themselves, but again I think this activity and this action is just further demonstration that the Iranian regime cannot be trusted and another good reminder that the president made the right decision to get out of the Iran deal.”

United States President Donald Trump withdrew the country from the 2015 deal earlier this week, underscoring tensions in the Middle East.

A US official told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday the rockets fired toward Israel “bolster” President Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear accord Tehran.

Sanders said during a press briefing earlier in the day the US would “continue to put maximum pressure, enormous sanctions on [Iran].”

In January, Sanders said she was “proud to work” for a president “who stands strong for Israel and all the Jewish people.”

Michael Wilner and Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.

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