The U.S. airstrike Thursday night on an airfield controlled by Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has been greeted with praise by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli lawmakers across the board.
“In both word and action, President Trump sent a strong and clear message today that the use and spread of chemical weapons will not be tolerated,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
The strike, which targeted the air base with 59 Tomahawk missiles, was ordered by President Donald Trump in retaliation for Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack believed to have been perpetrated by the Assad regime. At least 86 civilians including 27 children were killed in the attack, which allegedly used the deadly nerve agent sarin.
“Israel fully supports President Trump’s decision and hopes that this message of resolve in the face of the Assad regime’s horrific actions will resonate not only in Damascus, but in Tehran, Pyongyang and elsewhere,” Netanyahu added.
Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman also praised the attack, saying it showed the world “will not tolerate the war crimes of the horrific regime of Bashar Assad.”
Lieberman also the U.S.’s communication with the IDF before the attack as proof of the solid U.S.-Israel relationship.
“The American update to the IDF and security establishment before the attack in Syria is further proof of the strength of the relationship and depth of the connection between Israel and its largest ally, the United States,” Lieberman said.
President Reuven Rivlin felt the strike was “a fitting response to such unthinkable brutality, and an example to the entire free world.”
Not all were pleased, however. Russian president Vladmir Putin, whose government militarily supports the Assad regime, described the strike as “an act of aggression,” claiming it violated international law.
I guess Trump wasn’t “Putin’s puppet” after all, he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet.
I’m officially OFF the Trump train.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) April 7, 2017
The move has also left many of Trump’s far-right supporters disgruntled, including alt-right founder and white supremacist Richard Spencer and Infowars reporter Paul Joseph Watson.
“I guess Trump wasn’t “Putin’s puppet” after all,” Watson tweeted, “he was just another deep state/Neo-Con puppet. I’m officially OFF the Trump train.”
Spencer viewed the strike as a betrayal of the isolationist stance Trump had built his campaign on.
— Richard 🇸🇾Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) April 7, 2017
“It’s a betrayal of the meaning of his candidacy,” Spencer said in 20-minute Youtube video. “He ran on ‘America first.’ We’re not gonna do all that crap about Barack Obama, Libya, all that kind of stuff, we’re not gonna do all that disastrous wars of George W. Bush. No, it’s different, it’s America first. That was his promise, that was his message, that was the meaning of his campaign. And he absolutely betrayed it.”
“I absolutely condemn Washington’s military strike against Syria,” Spencer tweeted.