Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly revealed in a closed-door meeting in Budapest that his nation struck Iranian arms convoys “dozens of times” in Syria.
The admission during a sit-down with eastern European leaders on Wednesday was captured by an open microphone and accidentally transmitted to journalists’ headphones, Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reports.
Israel has typically refrained from intervening in the Syrian civil war, but the Israeli air force has been suspected of using airstrikes to target Hezbollah and other Iran-backed forces that support the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, The Atlantic reported.
Netanyahu told the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic that Israeli strikes had targeted Iranian weapons shipments traveling to Hezbollah.
“We blocked the border not only in Egypt but in the Golan Heights [in southwest Syria],” he said, Haaretz reported.
“We built the wall because there was a problem with ISIS and Iran trying to build a terror front there. I told [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, when we see them transferring weapons to Hezbollah, we will hurt them. We did it dozens of times.”
He also blasted the European Union’s lack of support for Israel.
“The EU is undermining its security by undermining Israel,” he said, Haaretz reported.
“Europe is undermining its progress by undermining its connection with Israeli innovation.”