Israeli officials told Walla News on Friday that Israel is highly pleased with President Biden’s decision to bomb Shia militia targets in eastern Syria.
Although the airstrikes hit an Iraqi militia, the attack is being framed as a move against Iran, and the officials compared Biden to President Obama, who they view as soft on Iran due to the 2015 nuclear deal.
“The Iranians didn’t realize that Biden is not Obama, and that if they will continue down this road of miscalculation they will eventually get hit,” one Israeli official told Walla.
According to a report from Axios, Israel was given advanced notice of the Syria airstrikes on Thursday morning. The notification took place during talks of the so-call “working group,” a forum the US and Israel are using to discuss Iran issues that is headed by each countries’ national security advisors.
Israel has been bombing Syria for years and frequently targets Shia militias that they always claim are linked to Iran. Last week, Israel bombed Damascus, Syria, killing nine people who were described as pro-government militia fighters.