Israel has set a goal to remove Iranian forces from Syria within a year, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett told The Jerusalem Post, a broadsheet English language newspaper based in Jerusalem.

“We will remove Iran from Syria in the near future,” the newspaper quoted Bennett as saying.

Underlining that there is nothing that would require Iran to continue its existence in Syria, Bennett said: “They are not neighbors, they have no reason to settle next to Israel.”

Since Bennett assumed office as defense minister four months ago, the intensity of the Israeli strikes against Iranian troops in Syria has

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