Keane on Israeli Strikes in Syria: Netanyahu 'Will Not Tolerate' New Iranian Rocket Bases
Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said Monday that Iran is "on the move" in the Middle East and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not going to allow a continued build-up of forces along his borders.
Israel shot down an Iranian drone over the weekend after the aircraft crossed into its territory from Syria. Damascus claims the drone was being used to go after ISIS.
Subsequent raids targeted Iranian military assets in Syria, while one Israeli F-16 was downed.
"Israel is seeking peace, but we will continue to defend ourselves against any attack against us, and against any attempt by Iran to establish military bases in Syria or anywhere else," Netanyahu said.
Keane, a Fox News military analyst, said on "America's Newsroom" that he views a new war as a distinct possibility in the region. He said Hezbollah already possesses, through Iran's support, 160,000 rockets and missiles in Lebanon.
Now, he said Tehran is stepping up its pressure on Israel from the Syrian border by pursuing new missile and rocket bases.
"Iran is feeling really good about the victory they achieved in Syria. They motivated the Russians to come in, they have successfully propped up the Assad regime indefinitely. ... They want to put maximum pressure on the Israelis with missiles and rockets from different directions. The Israelis are not gonna tolerate this," he said.
Keane said the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon resulted in a stalemate and the Israelis were "shocked" by the sheer military capability of Hezbollah, an international terrorist organization.
He said Netanyahu will not wait until attacks start coming from new Iranian-backed bases in Syria.
"If that did occur, he would go full throttle with everything he has to take Hezbollah down," Keane said.
Watch his analysis above.