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May 23 2018, 01:26 | Irvin Gilbert
Satellite images of the T-4 base in Syria before and after an airstrike on April 9
Lieberman is now on his official visit to the US to hold talks with US Defense Secretary James Mattis and National Security Adivser Michael Bolton.
The image presented by Israeli UN envoy Danny Danon to the Security Council on Thursday, April 26, 2018.
As the tensions between Iran and Israel continue to rise, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told a Saudi paper that the IDF is prepared to "strike Tehran and destroy every Iranian military facility in Syria" if Iran attacks Tel Aviv.
He added that "any site in which we see an Iranian attempt to achieve a military foothold in Syria will be struck". Speaking with Elaph, a news website run by a Saudi businessman, Lieberman also threatened firm retaliation if Israel was attacked by Iran. "We will not allow this, no matter what the price".
On April 9, seven Iranian personnel were among 14 people killed in a strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria, with regime allies Iran and Russian Federation blaming Israel for the attack.
Israel's Ambassador to the United Nations claimed on Thursday that Iran controls more than 80,000 Shiite militants fighting on behalf of President Bashar Al-Assad in Syria.
Lieberman's visit to Washington comes ahead of a May 12 deadline US President Donald Trump has set to decide on the fate of a nuclear deal with Iran.
A statement released by the IDF shortly after the incident read: "The interception of the Iranian unmanned aircraft by an attack helicopter prevented an Iranian intent to carry out an attack in the territory of the State of Israel".
Trump's European allies have repeatedly tried to persuade him not to walk away from the 2015 deal, which gave Iran massive sanctions relief and the guarantee of a civilian nuclear program in return for curbs on programs that could be used to develop an atomic weapon.