“Iran has policies that are threatening to Israel,” Merkel told Kan Reka radio. Asked about recent Israeli airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria, she said “Israel must secure its existence.”

Germany was also working to ensure that Iranian forces do not approach the Golan Heights near the Israeli border, she added.

‘Wipe Israel off the Earth’

Israel, which rarely comments on its military operations in Syria, admitted last week that its warplanes had struck elite Iranian troops in Syria.

After the strike, the head of Iran’s air force reportedly said his soldiers were ready to “wipe Israel off the Earth.”

Israel fears that Iran, which, along with Russia, is allied with Syrian President Bashar Assad, could build up a military presence near its border.

Following a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in June, Merkel said Germany would use all diplomatic measures to “push Iran out of the [Syrian] border region with Israel.”

With Russian and Iranian help, Assad’s loyalist forces have retaken large areas of Syria in recent years.

Source » dw