Netanyahu praises Trump for U.S. strike on Soleimani

PM says the move to eliminate Iran's hardline general is 'worthy of all appreciation,' adding the head of Quds Force 'planned and carried out many terror attacks' in the Mideast and beyond
Associated Press, Ynet|
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says President Donald Trump is "worthy of all appreciation" for ordering the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter
  • Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, was killed in an airstrike early Friday near the Iraqi capital's international airport that has caused regional tensions to soar.
    2 View gallery
    ישיבת ממשלה
    ישיבת ממשלה
    Benjamin Netanyahu
    (Photo: Mark Israel Salem, GPO)
    Netanyahu told his cabinet Sunday that Soleimani "initiated, planned and carried out many terror attacks" in the Middle East and beyond. Israel has long accused Soleimani of being the mastermind of Iran's belligerency in the region.
    "Qassem Soleimani brought about the death of many American citizens and many other innocents in recent decades and at present," Netanyahu said. "President Trump is deserving of all esteem for taking determined, strong and quick action."
    Netanyahu said Israel "fully stands" alongside the United States in its current campaign against Iran.
    2 View gallery
    מסע הלוויה קאסם סולימאני ב איראן
    מסע הלוויה קאסם סולימאני ב איראן
    Soleimani's body brought to Iran from Iraq
    (Photo: EPA)
    Netanyahu has been among the strongest voices against Iran's Islamic rulers in recent years. The Israeli leader pushed hard against the nuclear deal Western powers signed with Tehran in 2015 and which Trump later reversed.
    The United States killed Soleimani in a drone airstrike at Baghdad's international airport early Friday. The Iranian commander was widely seen as the architect of Tehran's proxy wars in the Middle East.
    The commenter agrees to the privacy policy of Ynet News and agrees not to submit comments that violate the terms of use, including incitement, libel and expressions that exceed the accepted norms of freedom of speech.