Itongadol.- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured the Golan Heights Tuesday morning with Defense Minister Moshe Ya\’alon and IDF Chief of Staff Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz and GOC Northern Command Major-General Yair Golan.
Netanyahu visits IDF field hospital in Golan Heights
Netanyahu received a briefing on developments of jihadi activities in Syria, as well as Israel\’s work on border fortification.
During the Israeli leader\’s trip to the Golan Heights, he also made a visit to the field hospital where the IDF treats casualties from the civil war in Syria. Netanyahu said this humanitarian mission was the "true face of Israel."
Netanyahu took the opportunity to address the Israeli concern regarding the Iranian nuclear program: "On the day when talks between the major powers and Iran are being opened in Vienna, it is important that the world sees the pictures from this place, which divides the good that is in the world from the bad."
The Likud leader chose to emphasize the difference between the Israeli government and the Iranian regime: "The good part is that Israel is saving the lives of those who have been wounded in the daily slaughter that is being perpetrated in Syria. This is the true face of Israel. The bad part is that Iran is arming those who are carrying out the slaughter. This is the true face of Iran."
Netanyahu unequivocally blamed the government in Tehran for the enduring conflict, laying responsibility for the horrifying scenes on Iran. "All of the children who have been injured, to say nothing of those who have been killed, were injured as a result of Iran\’s arming, financing and training the Assad regime in the massacres that it is perpetrating," he said.
The advanced IDF field hospital, where doctors dress in military uniform, has many of the facilities expected of an urban hospital – an emergency room, an intensive care unit, an operating theater, an x-ray facility, a pharmacy, and a laboratory.
The base has treated over 700 patients from Syria, and patients are admitted based on need, not because of their allegiance to one side of the conflict. Netanyahu used the humanitarian location to stress his opposition to Iranian actions in the region.
"From here, I would like to tell the world, today, as the talks between the major powers and Iran are being resumed, that Iran has changed neither its aggressive policy nor its brutal character," said Netanyahu.
"Iran is continuing to support the Assad regime which is slaughtering its own people. This is the true face of Iran. The world cannot forget this," he added.